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 9 AUGUST 2012 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

UNICEF joins the international community in celebrating the unique worldview of indigenous children and the richness and diversity that their voices bring to the human family.

The theme of the International Day this year is “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices. ”The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples among others provide unique references for UNICEF’s enduring commitment to the indigenous child.

The convention says an indigenous child “shall not be denied the right, in community with other members of his or her group, to enjoy his or her own culture, to profess and practice his or her own religion, or to use his or her own language.” This resonates through UNICEF’s work for indigenous children around the world.

Indigenous children, like all other children, have the…

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