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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Friday
9
August

What is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples?

This day celebrates the lives and knowledge of indigenous people and plays a vital role in highlighting the discrimination they face and protecting the rights that are often taken from them.

Indigenous people are the native communities of an area or land before the intrusion of a foreign culture. They share a cultural identity and hold a wealth of traditional, ancestral knowledge.

The United Nations Working Group of Indigenous Populations first met on the 9th of August in 1982 and so, the day is observed annually on the 9th of August.

How is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Celebrated?

Each year focusses on a different aspect of the lives of indigenous people, to raise awareness and promote different cultures.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs create social media content that can be shared for the day. Events take place globally and see people learning more about and often hearing from indigenous people themselves.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and Employment

There are several things you can do as an employer on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.  These include:

  • Promoting indigenous community events in your area.
  • Encouraging employees to enjoy artists, musicians, and food that celebrate different cultures.
  • Sharing resources that explore the contributions made by indigenous people.
  • Raising awareness on the importance of the preservation of indigenous customs and languages.