International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a virtual commemoration is planned for August 9, at 9:00-11:00 a.m. (EDT) by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The meeting will allow speakers to discuss the review of a new social contract for indigenous peoples to respect their forms of governance and ways of life.

The theme of this international day for the year 2021 is “Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous Peoples and the Call for a New Social Contract”. The United Nations is calling on everyone to establish a new social contract involving indigenous peoples. “We must demand the inclusion, participation and approval of Indigenous Peoples in building a system with social and economic benefits for all.”

In recent years, several countries have taken steps to address the marginalization of indigenous peoples through apologies, truth and reconciliation, and legislative reforms, including the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as Canada did last June.