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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – 9 August

“The United Nations stands ready to support all initiatives aimed at realizing the rights and aspirations of indigenous peoples.”
— UN Secretary-General António Guterres

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

 

A mural in Queens, NY of our Decolonizer, Christine Nobiss, created by Lopi Laroe in honor of her work fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa.

Dear Steward of the Planet,

Today, August 9th, honors the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We celebrate this day to raise awareness of the needs of Indigenous peoples worldwide, in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations that was held in Geneva 37 years ago, in 1982.

We are living in a time of climate crisis. As a groundbreaking report by the UN recently noted, “the health of ecosystems on which humans and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever.”

Much of the answer to solving this climate crisis lies in the wisdom and knowledge of Indigenous peoples who have long fought at the frontlines of environmental threats. Indigenous communities able to draw on traditional wisdom to find solutions that have the potential to help restore our planet. Unfortunately, due to their dependence upon the earth, they are also among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change.

At Seeding Sovereignty, we recognize the profound importance of centering Indigenous communities in our collective fight to sustain and restore our planet. Our work is grounded in the wisdom of these communities, and we are committed to creating opportunities for Indigenous peoples (particularly women) to communicate these perspectives themselves on an international stage.

We invite you to step into our vision. Close your eyes and imagine a world that deeply respects Indigenous and women’s leadership on environmental issues, tapping into a lineage of knowledge that dates back thousands of years. Imagine that we have achieved sustainable progress for human civilization, while not compromising the home planet that has sustained the lives of billions.

On this day of commemoration for Indigenous communities, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Seeding Sovereignty to help bring Indigenous, empowerment-focused, and rights-based approaches to the forefront of a movement to preserve our planet. Your contribution will directly support the mentorship of Indigenous leaders across the country, bringing us closer to our collective vision.

Thank you,

The Seeding Sovereignty Collective

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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission SheVille.org provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.
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