17 Facts About Indigenous people


Indigenous people societies are found in every inhabited climate zone and continent of the world except Antarctica.

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Indigenous people rights have been set forth in international law by the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, and the World Bank.

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In settler states colonized by Europeans, such as in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania, Indigenous status is generally unproblematically applied to groups directly descended from the peoples who have lived there prior to European settlement.

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Indigenous people is derived from the Latin word, meaning "sprung from the land, native".

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Indigenous people argued that Christians were justified in invading and acquiring infidel's lands because it was the church's duty to control the spiritual health of all humans on Earth.

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Contemporary distinct Indigenous people groups survive in populations ranging from only a few dozen to hundreds of thousands and more.

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Many Indigenous people populations have undergone a dramatic decline and even extinction, and remain threatened in many parts of the world.

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In other cases, Indigenous people populations are undergoing a recovery or expansion in numbers.

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WRI report mentions that "tenure-secure" Indigenous people lands generates billions and sometimes trillions of dollars' worth of benefits in the form of carbon sequestration, reduced pollution, clean water and more.

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Indigenous people practices are at the roots of this history, present a prime example of this complex relationship, and show how weaving their way of life into our culture allows us to meet our needs without destroying natural resources.

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Impacts of historical and ongoing European colonization of the Americas on Indigenous people communities have been in general quite severe, with many authorities estimating ranges of significant population decline primarily due to disease, land theft and violence.

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Nivkh people are an ethnic group indigenous to Sakhalin, having a few speakers of the Nivkh language, but their fisher culture has been endangered due to the development of oil field of Sakhalin from 1990s.

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Ainu people are an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido, the Kuril Islands, and much of Sakhalin.

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In Hong Kong, the indigenous inhabitants of the New Territories are defined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration as people descended through the male line from a person who was in 1898, before Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory.

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Indigenous people women are especially affected by land dispossession because they must walk longer distances for water and fuel wood.

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Indigenous people groups asserting their rights has most often resulted in torture, imprisonment, or death.

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Indigenous people knowledge is considered as very important for issues linked with sustainability.

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