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When is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in 2021?

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in 2021 is on the Monday, 9th of Aug (8/09/2021).

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is on the 221th day of 2021. There are 144 days left in the year.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples Facts

  • Date: Aug 09, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Day
  • Celebrations: Travelling, donations, education forums, cultural performances,
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Do you know that about 370 million indigenous people are living in 90 countries across the globe? These people are only 5% of the global population, but they account for 15% of the world's poorest people. The indigenous people speak about 7000 languages and represent 5000 different cultures. The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples seeks to protect these people's rights and prevent them from marginalization. That explains why the UN set aside August 9th every year as a day to honor these groups of people.

History of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The first UN meeting that focused on indigenous people was held in Geneva on August 9, 1982. For the next decade, there was no special day dedicated to the indigenous people.

In December 1994, the UN-designated International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples to be officially celebrated on August 9th every year. Initially, the holiday was celebrated in phases marked by decades. The first decade of the world's Indigenous people was from 1995-2004, while the second decade lasted until 2015.

In 2000, the human rights commission adopted a resolution that established a UN forum to discuss challenges faced by indigenous people. This includes issues related to culture, education, environment, health, human rights, and social development.

How to Celebrate International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The UN organizes various events in different nations that aim at spreading the message about indigenous people. Some of the activities organized include educational forums, classroom activities, performances by native artists, messages from key UN leaders and panel discussions about the fate of the indigenous groups. You can purpose to attend these events in your local area.

The UN also hosts a live webcast on its official website. The webcast touches typically on the lives of indigenous people and how the public can contribute to preventing marginalization of these groups.

You can also watch a movie about the indigenous people. Through the film, you will get to learn about their unique culture, languages and the sad truth of how they are slowly becoming marginalized. Some suggestions to good movies include The Dead Lands (2014), Atanarjuat (2001), Four Sheets to the Wind (2007) and Kanehsatake (2012).

You can also donate to the Survival International. The organization collects all the funds and puts them towards the protection of the indigenous people's rights. The proceeds also help in defending these people from losing their lands and vibrant culture.

Gang up with friends and organize a trip to an indigenous reserve. If you have enough money, you can also visit a country whose much population is predominantly indigenous. Such can include Guatemala, Brazil, The Peruvian highlands, or Australia. Remember to spread awareness about the indigenous people and their risk of getting eradicated. You can do this by sharing on social media using the hashtags #IndegenousPeople, #InternationalDayoftheWorldsIndigenousPeoples.

Symbol of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Typically, the symbol features the ears of two green leaves facing each other. The ears cradle a globe that resembles the planet earth. Inside the globe are two different hands sharing a handshake. Above the handshake is a landscape background that is encapsulated by the blue color at the top and bottom.

The symbol is an artwork by a Bangladesh boy known as Rebang Dewan. The UN chose this symbol as the permanent representation of indigenous issues and to also promote the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

Interesting Facts about International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

- Approximately 80% of the indigenous people live in Asia and South East Asia

- Indigenous people have expert agricultural knowledge, never use chemicals and know when to cultivate to maximize profits

- The Moken Austronesia tribe has magical powers to foretell the future. This allowed them to survive the 2004 tsunami that wiped the entire population in the region

- Of all the native groups, about 400 live in the Amazon River Basin

- All indigenous groups have a strong attachment to their ancestral land and culture.

- Indigenous people have a short lifespan. This is due to a lack of proper health care and high levels of contracting diseases such as malaria, TB, and HIV/Aids.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples Observances

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2021

FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01Global Family Day
MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
MondayMonMay 31, 2021May 31World No-Tobacco Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
TuesdayTueJun 08, 2021Jun 08World Ocean Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
WednesdayWedJun 16, 2021Jun 16International Day of the African Child
ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SundaySunJul 11, 2021Jul 11World Population Day
FridayFriJul 16, 2021Jul 16World Snake Day
WednesdayWedJul 28, 2021Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01International Friendship Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
ThursdayThuAug 12, 2021Aug 12International Youth Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SaturdaySatAug 14, 2021Aug 14World Lizard Day
MondayMonAug 23, 2021Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08International Literacy Day
MondayMonSep 13, 2021Sep 13International Chocolate Day
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SundaySunSep 19, 2021Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21World Gratitude Day
WednesdayWedSep 22, 2021Sep 22World Car-Free Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29World Heart Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Inventors Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01World Ballet Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03World Temperance Day
MondayMonOct 04, 2021Oct 04World Animal Day
TuesdayTueOct 05, 2021Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SundaySunOct 10, 2021Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SaturdaySatOct 16, 2021Oct 16World Food Day
SundaySunOct 17, 2021Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SundaySunOct 24, 2021Oct 24United Nations Day
FridayFriOct 29, 2021Oct 29International Internet Day
MondayMonNov 08, 2021Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SundaySunNov 14, 2021Nov 14World Diabetes Day
TuesdayTueNov 16, 2021Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19World Toilet Day
SundaySunNov 21, 2021Nov 21World Television Day
ThursdayThuNov 25, 2021Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
TuesdayTueNov 30, 2021Nov 30International Computer Security Day
WednesdayWedDec 01, 2021Dec 01World Aids Day
ThursdayThuDec 02, 2021Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SundaySunDec 05, 2021Dec 05International Volunteers Day
TuesdayTueDec 07, 2021Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
FridayFriDec 10, 2021Dec 10Human Rights Day