International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2013

Actress Q’Orianka Kilcher speaks up, speaks out for indigenous peoples’ rights

On 9 August 2013 we mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Actress and indigenous rights activist, Q’Orianka Kilcher, best known for her role as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World, has teamed up with the ILO to speak up for the right of indigenous peoples across the world to live and work in dignity.

Across the world, there are 370 million indigenous women, men, girls and boys.  Many live in poverty, face discrimination and struggle to make their voices heard. On this day, we celebrate the many achievements of indigenous peoples over the years. This is a great opportunity to look at the progress we have made, but also to think about what we still need to do.

This year’s theme, “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements,”  gives us a chance to look back at these achievements and the ILO’s unique and long experience in creating alliances and partnerships to advance indigenous peoples’ rights.

25 years ago, the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention was a trail-blazer. It is still the only legally-binding international instrument that enables indigenous and tribal women and men to make decisions about their own priorities for development. So far only 22 countries have ratified this important convention. We can do better!  Q’Orianka Kilcher

 Join the cause – speak up, speak out with Q’Orianka and the ILO and show your support for indigenous and tribal peoples everywhere!

Learn the facts about indigenous peoples.

Check out our topic portal on indigenous and tribal peoples.

Get to know more and join the discussion with Q’Orianka Kilcher and other indigenous experts at a Huffington Post Live interview session on Friday 9 August (5 pm PST).

Help us raise awareness about the situation of indigenous peoples by tweeting the below tweets using the hashtag #RatifyConvention169.

Show your support by sharing Q’Orianka’s statement with your friends, colleagues and family members.

Copy and paste our tweets and widgets below on Facebook and Twitter. RatifyConvention169!

Twitter box_IPDAYToday is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: #RatifyConvention169

There are 370 million indigenous peoples across the world. Celebrate this International Day:  #RatifyConvention169!

Indigenous peoples continue to face discrimination and exclusion. Let’s honour our agreements #RatifyConvention169!

Next year the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention marks its 25th anniversary, #RatifyConvention169!

ILO Convention No. 169 is the only legally binding instrument for indigenous peoples’ rights, #RatifyConvention169!

All women and men – indigenous or not – deserve to live and work in dignity, #RatifyConvention169!

Join indigenous girls, adolescents and young women in the fight against violence #RatifyConvention169!


Ratify Convention No. 169!

Ratify Convention No. 169!

Ratifier la Convention n° 169!

Ratifier la Convention n° 169!

¡Ratificar el Convenio Nº 169!

¡Ratificar el Convenio Nº 169!

  • Lalbahadur Pakhrin

    Thank you so much for your very2 kind and Inspiring messages, Miss Q’ Orianka Kilcher ! The indigenous and tribal peoples around the world live in extremely poverty. How to make safer and lift up from their worst conditions are the today’s main challenges of the civilized world. Poverty, illiteracy, ignorance and lack of access to resources have lost the identity of the indigenous peoples. Ratifying the ILO No. 169 would definitely help them to empower a lot if not the whole. So every member country of the ILO, need to make strategic plan to change the livelyhood and living condition of the indigenous people in their own country. Let’s be more generous to provide them equal opportunity, let’s bring them in main stream of the country’s constructive activity. On the occasion of the International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, I would like to extend my best wishes to all those Heroes, activists, organisation and as well as the ILO’s fighting for the cause. I also express my strong solidarity to the great theme “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements,”

  • FOCUS ORISSA moderator

    It is high time, we need to work for the overall development of Tribal people-those who are socially and economically backward.

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