There are more than 500 million indigenous people in some 70 countries worldwide. The United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007 adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Indegenous was born out of the same spirit.
Indigenous peoples are recognized largely in the context of colonialism: as the original peoples of the land. However, in the context of The Indegenous, we recognize indigenous peoples in terms of kinship, history and self-identification.
Although we represent 5% of the world’s population, we account for 15% of the poorest. Many of us don’t have formal recognition over our lands, territories and natural resources. And while there have been improvements in international recognition of our peoples, we still have a long way to go.
At The Indegenous, we are determined to work on implementing the solemn assertions that were made in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigeneous Peoples.
Indigenous cultural diversity is the cornerstone of our organization and by re-affirming the rights that were granted to us through the Declaration on the rights of Indigenous people, we aim to share our cultural heritage with the world through the digital spheres.
At the core, our mission is to reduce inequalities for indigenous peoples through youth participation in access to participate fully in the formal economy, enjoy access to justice, and participate in political processes and decision making.
The saying “The Pen is mightier than the Sword” is the motto we live by. We hope that by creating visibility for Indigenous peoples in the virtual space, we will encourage greater recognition, participation and research on this section of global society.