International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The world is a rich place because of the diversity of its people. The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was created to recognise the achievements and contributions made by the Indigenous people of the world and to address the problems and concerns they face. It is a grotesque truth that still today many Indigenous people live on the fringes of society and are deprived of basic human rights including access to descent health services, high quality education and respect for their specific forms of social organisation and traditions.

The Indigenous people of the world have a deep connection to their land and their respect for natural resources is worth following. They keep their cultural heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another, speaking and teaching languages, and protecting cultural property including sacred and significant sites and objects, but sadly they lack resources significantly and constitute 15% of the world's poor.

Closer to home the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander's cultures are complex and face problems of their own including discrimination and lack of quality services, in particular regional Australia. Western Sydney University encourages you to be an agent of change where such injustices are not acceptable.

This year's theme is "Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education".

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