On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), marking a significant stride in international human rights norms.
Regarded as the most in-depth global document on Indigenous peoples' rights, UNDRIP became a beacon of hope. The declaration set a robust universal framework advocating minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of Indigenous peoples globally. It aimed to enrich and offer a new perspective on the existing human rights standards, tailoring them specifically to the unique experiences of Indigenous populations.
What made this declaration remarkable was that it was created by the communities for which it was designed. Indigenous voices, including those from Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, were significantly involved in drafting the landmark declaration. Their input, expertise and lived experiences helped to shape a document that would profoundly influence the international understanding and recognition of Indigenous rights.
At BW Tribal, we recognise the importance of such milestones. We believe it's essential to remember and celebrate the progress that has been made for Indigenous peoples across the globe. Even more significantly, we feel it's vital to continue supporting and advocating for the full realisation of these hard-won rights in our everyday actions. Together, we can contribute to a brighter future for Indigenous communities worldwide.