pAUGUST 9 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDI
AUGUST 9: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Indigenous peoples are majorly those who make the world an exciting place as they contribute largely to both the languages spoken and cultures practised from one country to another. The 9th of August has been chosen to annually celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
August 9th every year is a day chosen by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the common problems faced by Indigenous peoples all over the world of which the violation of their rights is a major concern.
Indigenous Peoples are those who practice unique cultures which are inherited especially in the aspect of relating with people and the environment; they are estimated to be about 370 million that live in 90 countries of the world.
Indigenous peoples are about 5% of the whole population of the world and they make up 15% of the poorest in the world but they contribute immensely to the estimated 7,000 languages and also represent 5,000 different cultures of the world.
The year 2019 theme for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is Indigenous Languages; The objective of this theme to attract attention towards the loss of the languages spoken by indigenous peoples as most of the languages that are presently in danger belong to them. The focus of this Day is also to look at ways of preserving, revitalizing and promoting these languages at both national and international levels.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) celebrates the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples as we declare that the preservation of indigenous languages will help foster peace in communities and the world at large.