indigenous people

FROM THE FIELD: A mountain of indigenous knowledge in Peru

Indigenous people in a remote mountain town in the Andes in Peru are being helped to boost their incomes by preserving a valuable but threatened breed of alpaca.

News in Brief 07 August 2017 (AM)

UN Mission in Colombia ambushed, one police officer injured

The UN Mission in Colombia has confirmed that a team containing UN observers was ambushed over the weekend, while extracting explosives.

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Philippines: UN experts urge Government to address spiralling rights violations

A group of United Nations experts has urged the Government of the Philippines to immediately address reported human rights violations, including murder, threats against indigenous peoples and the summary execution of children.

Indigenous Navigator: A tool to “revert injustice”

Indigenous people in six countries are piloting a tool to document violations of their rights.

The Indigenous Navigator, which is available online, will be used to gather data which can then be presented to governments and international bodies.

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A voice from the desert appeals for peace and unity

Borders established by colonial powers in North Africa created new nations but devastated the region’s indigenous people, according to an activist from Libya.

Akli Sh’kka said his people, the Tuareg, are still experiencing the fallout from what he characterises as a “crime.”

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Indigenous forum: An opportunity to engage and share

For 15 years, indigenous people from around the world have had a space where they can share their experiences and concerns.

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Suicide rates among indigenous youth are “just unacceptable”

Suicide rates for indigenous youth that are sometimes more than ten times the national average are “just unacceptable”.

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Annual forum on indigenous issues opens at UN

There are 193 countries in the UN family and perhaps their diversity is most evident during the annual forum on indigenous issues which began on Monday in New York.

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“Cool” tech can keep endangered languages alive says Google exec

“Cool” technology can play an important role in keeping the world’s endangered languages from dying out.

That’s the hope of a senior software engineer from web giant Google, who’s been attending a conference on indigenous languages this week at UN headquarters.

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Mothers helped save Hawaiian language from extinction

Mothers were crucial to so-called “language nests” that brought spoken Hawaiian back from the brink of extinction.

That’s according to activist Amy Kalili, who has been part of the US state of Hawaii’s indigenous language movement since the 1990s.

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