The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated every year on 9th of August to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the indigenous communities around the globe.
This year, the theme for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is ‘The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge. This theme emphasises the role that women of indigenous communities play in carrying forward their traditions and cultures.
The United Nations General Assembly on 23rd of December in 1994 decided to observe International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples annually on 9th of August in recognition of the inaugural session of the UN working body on Indigenous Populations held on this day in 1982.
Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures. Indigenous peoples’ conceptualization of health and well-being is generally broader and more holistic, with health frequently viewed as both an individual and a collective right, strongly determined by community, land and the natural environment.