International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2021

Tara C. Trapani

The United Nations commemoration of the 2021 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will be held online on Monday August 9 from 9-11am EST. This year's theme is: “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.” 

From the event site:
On 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided, in its resolution 49/214, that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations. The International Day observance will take place online on Monday, 9 August 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST). This year’s theme is is “Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.” The 2021 commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will feature an interactive discussion with two speakers on the distinct elements to be considered when building and redesigning a new social contract that is inclusive of indigenous peoples – where indigenous peoples’ own forms of governance and ways of life must be respected and based on their free, prior and informed consent and genuine and inclusive participation and partnership. 

Guest speakers include James Anaya from the University of Colorado Law School at Boulder and María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, an Ecuadorian scholar and diplomat who most recently served as President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The event will be moderated by Ghazali Ohorella of the Alifuru People of Maluku. 

Go to the event page for further information and to register for the event (once registration is open). For updates on the event, visit the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Facebook page