Summary Of The Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous People

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In the United States, the indigenous people have been treated unfairly since colonization first began. Indigenous people are treated like they are less than humans. This is not only seen in the United States, but instead is seen all across the country. The unfair treatment and lack of respect for indigenous people led to the need for a document declaring their rights. On September 13th, 2007, the United Nations adopted The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.This document included several themes relating to the rights of indigenous people, including their foundational rights, life and security, language, cultural and spiritual identity, education, employment, self-governance, and several others. As mentioned in lecture, with these themes, the document aimed to encourage nations to work with indigenous people to solve global issues. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples consists of 46 articles. Each of these articles explains a right that the indigenous people have. For example, the first article explains that indigenous people have collective and individual human rights (1). Some of the other rights explained in the first few articles include equality, freedom from discrimination, self-determination, and self-government (1). As explained before, this declaration also covers many other themes than just the foundational rights. For example, there are articles about life and security, identity, social rights, education, employment, among many others
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