The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982. The International Day was established by the General Assembly in December 1994.
There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries around the world. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.
Statue-of-former-vedda-Chief-Uru Warige Thissahamy
RIGHT TO THEIR EDUCATION:
Community Chief Uru Warige Wannila Aththo, a leader with a vision, reads the Declaration
RIGHT TO LAND, TERRITORIES AND RESOURCES:
UNIC Colombo, celebrating the Day 2016 with Indigenous community at its heritage site.