Indigenous Peoples: Overview
“In very plain terms, the focus of our work is to arrive at a place where Indigenous peoples can actually exercise and enjoy our individual and collective rights without obstruction. It’s that simple.” - Dalee Sambo Dorough, Inuit Circumpolar Council
After nearly a decade, crucial case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal concludes with landmark victory for First Nations children.
Centuries of racism and dispossession have denied Indigenous peoples the opportunity to enjoy their basic human rights. In every continent in the world, Indigenous peoples are among the most marginalized, impoverished and frequently victimized members of society.
In the face of widespread violence and oppression, Indigenous peoples are standing up for their rights – and challenging the international system to evolve and grow in exciting new directions. Directions that will help ensure that human rights guaranteed to all can actually be enjoyed by all.
On September 13, 2007, the United Nations adopted an international Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – the first international human rights instrument drafted with the direct participation of the very people whose rights are at stake. Today, momentum for implementation of these standards is building as the Declaration is increasingly used by Indigenous peoples, courts, international agencies and advocacy groups.
Amnesty International members work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples across Canada and around the world to campaign for political and legal reform to end discrimination and uphold the rights guaranteed in national laws, historical and contemporary Treaties and international standards such as the Declaration.
Photo: "Respect our rights as Indigenous Peoples" Photographer Juan Pablo Gutíerrez recently visited a number of Indigenous communities in Colombia on behalf of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia and Amnesty International Canada. Juan Pablo Gutíerrez