Celebrating International Day of the World's Indigenous People


August 9, 2023

(Photo: Courtesy of the United Nations)

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is commemorated on August 9 each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world's Indigenous population.

The day recognizes the achievements and contributions of Indigenous people while highlighting the challenges many Indigenous communities face, including poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to education and healthcare.

According to the UN, there are an estimated 476 million Indigenous peoples in the world living across 90 countries. While Indigenous people make up less than 5% of the world's population, they account for 15 percent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.



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