Racism, sexism plague Canadian indigenous women

Canada’s decision to launch an inquiry into the disappearance and murder of hundreds of indigenous women over the past 30 years has been welcomed by an activist from the country.

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Ahead of end of UN forum, participation of indigenous people in development targets urged

As the 2016 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues prepares to close tomorrow, three participants in the session today underscored the importance of solidifying the participation of indigenous people in UN mechanisms to ensure that they are not left behind in the achievement of sustainable development targets.

Role for indigenous in global sustainable future

The ability to “read” changes in weather patterns or in animal behaviour has saved indigenous communities from natural disasters for centuries.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Sámi rapper SlinCraze encourages indigenous youth to celebrate culture

Rapper Nils Rune Utsi, known by his stage name SlinCraze, speaks an endangered language, lives in a tiny village on the Norwegian Arctic, and this week performed at the United Nations to draw attention to what it’s like to be a young indigenous man living in between two worlds.

UN forum on indigenous issues opens 2016 session with focus on conflict, peace and resolution

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a plan to realize the full rights of indigenous peoples who are increasingly being drawn into conflicts over their lands and resources.

Peace and security come first, says youth representative from Chad

Development in Sub-Saharan Africa is not possible without first ensuring stability, according to a participant in the 2016 UN Youth Forum.

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UN Gender Focus: zika virus, climate change and indigenous languages

Zika virus now in at least 18 countries in Latin America and Caribbean

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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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