International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9th August is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This is an important date that celebrates the day of the first meeting of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982.

The 2017 theme is dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, an international major milestone on the cooperation and solidarity between Indigenous peoples and Member States.

The UN Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of Indigenous peoples. The United Nation website gives important information on the background on the principles of the Declaration. 

The Declaration has influenced the work of the Library and Archive profession in Australia and overseas, with a number of Protocols being developed to build inclusive service design and to recognise the rights of Indigenous peoples and their collections. The Declaration is one of the protocol adopted by the Library and influence its work and mission.

For more information on this important date and celebrations organised in the UN Headquarter visit the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples website. 

A door with some designs

One of the Library's meeting rooms dedicated to Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy.