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August 9 was first proclaimed International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations in 1994 to promote and protect the rights of the world's Indigenous population. This day also commemorates the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make in the world. August 9 also marks the first time the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations met in Geneva in 1982. This year's theme is "Bridging the Gap: Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

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Some relevant resources:

  1. African Declaration on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014. Fourth World Journal. Winter 2014, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p77-84. (EBSCOHOST)

  2. Bruce, Heidi (et. al.) Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Nation-by-Nation and State-by-State. Fourth World Journal. Summer 2014, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p83-92. (EBSCOHOST)

  3. Abebe, A. K. Limitations to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa: A Model for Balancing National Interest in Development with the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 2012, Volume 20, Issue 3, Page 407-422 (Edinburgh University Press)

  4. Popova, U. Conservation, Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Peoples. American Behavioral Scientist. January 2014 vol. 58 no. 1 197-214 (HIGHWIRE)

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