International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2023

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2023

Virtual commemoration on 9 August 2023 (09-10:30 am EST/New York Time)
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BW Tribal is celebrating International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme is 'Indigenous Youth: Agents of Change for Self-Determination’.

Join us for a virtual event organised by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on August 9, 2023. Everyone is invited to attend - simply copy and paste the Zoom link to join in.

Today's Indigenous youth actively shape their destiny, embodying the power of self-determination. Their role as catalysts for change is important in addressing urgent global challenges - Navigating both modern society and tradition, these youth leverage technology and innovation to foster a sustainable and just future.

This year’s theme, ‘Indigenous Youth: Agents of Change for Self-Determination,' focuses on three key concepts:

Climate action and sustainable transitions
Indigenous youth assume distinct roles within their communities, tied to rights, responsibilities, and social standing. These roles encompass family engagement, and participation in cultural tasks like agriculture and household duties. This connection extends to the land and biodiversity.

Yet, evolving contexts impact their way of life. Cultural education gaps and skewed technology portrayals challenge traditional values. Nonetheless, Indigenous youth are reshaping the narrative. They stand as vital climate action advocates, proposing alternative solutions and voicing concerns over 'green transition' projects encroaching on Indigenous lands. Their insights hold value and deserve representation in decision-making forums.

Mobilisation for justice
Discrimination casts a shadow on Indigenous youth, impacting their esteem, spiritual wealth, language, and cultural ties. Despite hurdles, some gravitate toward unfamiliar identities to evade prejudice, yet remain linked to their roots through family and Indigenous networks.

Amid these trials, a vibrant spirit emerges. Indigenous youth engage in revitalization, embracing their heritage. They unite in Indigenous organisations, urban and rural, transcending borders. Through digital platforms, they amplify voices, showcasing cultures and injustices. This empowered generation reshapes narratives, forging bonds and raising global awareness, catalysing change for Indigenous Peoples.

Strengthening intergenerational ties
Identity is a cornerstone for Indigenous youth, woven with heritage, land, language, and traditions. It flows through generations, carried by familial bonds and shared wisdom. Intergenerational dialogue thrives, as youth tread the path blazed by their ancestors and Elders. This bridge between generations fuels Indigenous well-being and wisdom transfer. As stewards of tomorrow, Indigenous youth possess a vast reservoir of insights, passed down from their forebears. Elevating intergenerational and cross-cultural discourse paves the way for harmonious futures, a legacy of positivity for generations yet to unfold.


Be part of the movement, embrace change, and celebrate the legacy of Indigenous communities. Read more now on BW Tribal’s blog.