Solidarity With #WeAreIndigenous

The Human Lens

In lieu of On August 9, #IndigenousPeoplesDay and every day, let’s raise awareness about their cultures, traditions, languages, knowledge and heritage to protect their rights across the world.

Indigenous traditional knowledge can offer solutions to many of our common challenges.

Article 24 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognizes the right of indigenous peoples to their traditional medicines, to maintain their health practices and to access social and health services without discrimination.

The UN data excerpts show;

  1. An estimated 476 million indigenous peoples in the world are living across 90 countries.
  2. They make up less than 5% of the world’s population, but account for 15% of the poorest.
  3. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

There is no denying that today’s world needs the traditional knowledge, voices and wisdom of indigenous people and can make with…

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