Since the beginning of civilization, societies have taken over one another, forced each other into positions of servitude or stolen industries and resources from other groups of people.
With our increasingly integrated and globalized world community, we must keep in mind the importance of respecting and upholding the rights of groups frequently put at a disadvantage- especially indigenous groups- who hold onto the culture and way of life that could easily become extinct without the protection and aid of larger, wealthier, and more technologically advanced communities.
August 9th every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to be the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Learn more about your heritage, and see if there are any indigenous groups that may contain relatives of ancestors, see what struggles they have in the world today, because they’re all different. Some suffer from malnutrition, some are kicked off their native land, some are plagued by diseases and illness that they are unable to grapple with in their traditional homeopathic ways, and some aren’t able to support themselves economically because what had previously been their major earning avenue has been taken over in an urban industrial way.
Native Planet is an awesome NGO committed to the self-empowerment and preservation of the worlds indigenous cultures, check out the website for news, events, projects, and to become more educated about the worlds indigenous populations.