Each year on August 9, people around the globe observe International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, people gather on this day to bring awareness to world issues concerning indigenous people, respectively. In addition, this day also recognizes the achievements and contributions of indigenous people in our society.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People first began by the introduction of a UN Resolution. With intentions to raise awareness about indigenous groups, UN Resolution 49/214 became a reality on December 23, 1994. As a result, August 9 will forever be a reminder of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
Indigenous people make up about 5 percent of the world’s population. Interestingly, there is an estimate of 370 million indigenous people living across 90 countries. Unfortunately, this group of people also make up at least 15 percent of the poorest people on earth. Indigenous people fight for survival, partially due to maintaining the preservation of their cultural heritage. Incidentally, it’s the unique cultural practices and language set indigenous people apart from mainstream nationalities.
Of course, a few of the most famous indigenous cultures known are those found in the Amazon and Alaska. However, there are over 5,000 indigenous groups located around the world, respectively. Frequently, indigenous groups attract curious spectators to make contact. Unfortunately, contact of many indigenous tribes leads to disease and death.