Indigenous

New bill in Finland threatens Sami peoples’ right to traditional lands, livelihoods, UN expert warns

A United Nations human rights expert expressed deep concern today at the lack of consultation and the reduced protections to the Sami indigenous people in the current draft law on the Finnish Forest and Parks Service (Metsähallitus) to regulate the management of State-owned lands.

Land, resource rights key to Sami people’s self-determination, says UN expert

Securing rights over their land and natural resources is fundamental to the Sami people’s self-determination and a prerequisite for them to be able to continue to exist as a distinct people, an independent United Nations human rights expert said after a visit to the Nordic region.

“Dual discrimination” faced by aboriginal women

Aboriginal women in Australia are facing what has been described by a leading rights advocate as “dual discrimination.”

The indigenous peoples of Australia make up less than 5 per cent of the country’s total population.

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At event to mark International Day, Ban urges better healthcare for world’s indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples must not be left out of the global community’s unfolding sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he marked the 2015 edition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a focus on their lagging access to health care services around the world.

FEATURE: Generation at risk - UN Forum urges action to halt indigenous youth suicide

For centuries, indigenous peoples around the world have been forced to wage an existential struggle to protect their ways of life and the very fabric of their societies.

As Forum opens, deputy UN chief says 2015 a ‘critical year’ for world’s indigenous peoples

With the deadline of a post-2015 development agenda looming on the horizon, 2015 is set to be an important year for the security and prosperity of the world’s indigenous peoples, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson affirmed today in remarks delivered to the opening of the fourteenth session of the Organization’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.