August 9th is the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. This year the focus is on “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honoring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements,” which highlights the importance of honoring arrangements between states, their citizens, and indigenous peoples. To read more, click here.
Three organizations, Cultural Survival, First Peoples Worldwide, and the #Proud2BIndigenous coalition, are also dedicating this week to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). FPIC is a campaign for corporations, governments, and NGOS to include indigenous peoples in the planning and implementation of all development projects on traditional land, and to obtain their consent before beginning a project. In an effort to raise awareness and give voice to this issue, they encourage contributions to an interactive FPIC map here.