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Nine Years of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tomorrow marks nine years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the  UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). 

In a historic vote on September 13, 2007, 144 countries voted for the Declaration,  only 11 abstained, and only four (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States) voted against it. Since 2007, all four countries, including the United States , have reversed their positions and now officially endorse the Declaration. 

It is the outcome of 25 years of hard negotiations. The rights spelled out in the document "constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous Peoples of the world."  The Declaration protects collective rights and individual rights of Indigenous Peoples in relation to self-government, land, education, employment, health and other areas.

The UN Declaration also requires countries to consult with Indigenous Peoples with the goal of obtaining their consent on matters which concern them. As explained by former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, the right of self-determination is "to be full and equal participants in the creation of the institutions of government under which they live and, further, to live within a governing institutional order in which they are perpetually in control of their own destinies." 

While several countries have made steps towards aligning their policies with the standards enshrined in the Declaration , however, an implementation gap remains. 

GET INVOLVED!  Make The Declaration A Reality.
 1. Listen to and share our Indigenous Rights Radio spots on Free, Prior and Informed Consent  (FPIC) here (en espanol aqui). Help translate into Indigenous languages and distribute to Indigenous radio stations, contact us: consent@cs.org.   

2. Listen to our Indigenous Rights Radio spots on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Spanish (English spots coming very soon!). Escucha nuestros programas de radio sobre la Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas en español.

3. Take Part in #NoDAPL Day of Action - Tuesday Sep. 13
Be part of a national day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline TODAY! Find an event near you, or sign up to host an action in solidarity with the Indigenous communities and local farmers and landowners fighting on the front lines.

Right now, we're witnessing one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen. The movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is growing stronger by the day, and it's time for all of us to rise up and play a role in this fight - no matter where we live.

4. Read the UN Declaration in Indigenous Languages.
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Aymara -  provided by COINCABOL
Guarani  - provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Paraguay
Maori  (spoken in New Zealand)
Mapuche - provided by UNIC, Argentina
Miskito  (spoken in Nicaragua and Honduras)
Mohawk  (spoken in North America)
Nahuatl  (spoken in Mexico)
Sami (North) - provided by Finnish Sámi Parliament
and in more languages here.

4. Read the Cultural Survival Quarterly featuring articles on FPIC. 
5. Listen and watch a webinar on FPIC organized with First Peoples Worldwide and International Indian Treaty Council. 
FPIC webinar
FPIC webinar

Share this poster by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Development.

7. Read and Share KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Indigenous adolescents. 

8. Be social! Share all this content on facebook and twitter.  #UNDRIP
9. Invest in Indigenous rights today. Please support our work! Thank you. 
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As always, we welcome your comments. Please send your feedback and suggestions to agnes@cs.org.  
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