The focus of this
year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is "Indigenous
Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices". From community
radio and television to feature films and documentaries, from video art and
newspapers to the internet and social media, indigenous peoples are using
these powerful tools to challenge mainstream narratives, bring human rights
violations to international attention and forge global solidarity.
They are also developing their own media to reflect indigenous values and
fight against myths and misconceptions.
are recounting compelling stories of how they are combating centuries of
injustice and discrimination, and advocating for the resources and rights
that will preserve their cultures, languages, spirituality and
traditions. They offer an alternative perspective on development
models that exclude the indigenous experience. They promote the
mutual respect and intercultural understanding that is a precondition for a
society without poverty and prejudice.
International Day, I pledge the full support of the UN system to cooperate
with indigenous peoples, including their media, to promote the full
implementation of the Declaration. I also call on Member States and
the mainstream media to create and maintain opportunities for indigenous
peoples to articulate their perspectives, priorities and aspirations.
Let us use the
media – indigenous and non-indigenous, and especially new outlets – to
create bridges and establish a truly intercultural world, where diversity
is celebrated; a world where different cultures not only coexist but value
each other for their contributions and potential.