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Chilling facts about indigenous issues

I gathered the following chilling fact from the remarks made by UN Secretary General at opening of the ninth session of the United nations permanent forum on indigenous issues on April 19, 2010. I thought of sharing this with all my fellow EVOKERs as well as others who may come accross this post. I do hope this will open up new discussion and help in creating awareness about the importance of indigenous issues:

*Indigenous peoples suffer high levels of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses all over the world.

*Indigenous people make up some five per cent of the world’s population – but one-third of the world’s poorest.

*In some countries, an indigenous person is 600 times more likely to contract tuberculosis than the general population. In others, an indigenous child can expect to die twenty years earlier than his non-native compatriots.

*Every day, indigenous communities face issues of violence, brutality and dispossession.

*Indigenous cultures, languages and ways of life are under constant threat from climate change, armed conflict, lack of educational opportunities and discrimination.

*Elsewhere, cultures of indigenous people are being distorted, commodified, and used to generate profits which do not benefit indigenous people, and can even lead to harm. This is not only a tragedy for indigenous people. It is a tragedy for the wh*** world.

*Slowly but surely, people are coming to understand that the well-being and sustainability of indigenous peoples are matters that concern us all.

*Diversity is strength – in cultures and in languages, just as it is in ecosystems.

*The loss of irreplaceable cultural practices and means of artistic expression makes us all poorer, wherever our roots may lie.

*According to current forecasts, ninety per cent of all languages could disappear within 100 years. The loss of these languages erodes an essential component of a group’s identity.

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Comment by Starling on April 28, 2010 at 6:30am
Thanks for writing this Pradip. We need every bit of wisdom about the world that the people who live indigenous traditions hold in trust.
Comment by Pradip Dey on April 28, 2010 at 10:04am
Thanks Starling for nice comments about my blog post on Chilling facts about indigenous issues.
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/chilling-facts-about

You said rightly that 'we need every bit of wisdom about the world that the people who live indigenous traditions hold in trust'.
Thank you once again for encouragement with +KS to the post.
With regards,
Pradip Dey
Comment by NatNat on April 28, 2010 at 11:05am
Thanks! Remind me of the indigenous languages (including my own) that will probably no longer exsist in the next ten or twenty years (but I surely hope not). I think i'm gonna need to practice it more often..
Comment by Pradip Dey on April 28, 2010 at 11:13am
Thanks NatNat for nice comments about my blog post on Chilling facts about indigenous issues.
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/chilling-facts-about

You said rightly that we 'need to practice it (indigenous language) more often'.
Thank you once again for encouragement with +KS to the post.
With regards,
Pradip Dey
Comment by Thys van der Veer on April 30, 2010 at 1:23pm
In the Netherlands I expect the indigenous Frisian language (less than 400.000 possible speakers) will go extinct, although it is supported by the local government. We need to communicate globally, which means that even dutch might become an obsolete language in the long term. Back-firing results: indigenous language-speakers have less access and income possibilities. Indigenous culture, arts and science promotion could be a tool for survival of diversity?
Comment by Pradip Dey on April 30, 2010 at 3:52pm
Thanks Thyst for for encouragement with +KS to my blog post on Chilling facts about indigenous issues.
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/chilling-facts-about

You said rightly that we indigenous language-speakers have less access and income possibilities'. We really need to think seriously for saving Indigenous culture.
With regards,
Pradip Dey
Comment by Buffy B on May 6, 2010 at 3:40pm
Pradip, thank you for posting this very important topic. First Nations (as Indigenous people are called here) in my area have joined Alexandra Morton who for years has worked hard to bring awareness and change to the damage open-net fish farming causes to our waters, as they see and know the harm this industry brings but nobody would listen to them. Now they're speaking up and gathering support as they walk the length of Vancouver Island to Victoria to protest at the Parliament Buildings. We should listen to the First Nations they know when things are not right with the environment because they've been caring about it forever. http://www.salmonaresacred.org
Comment by Pradip Dey on May 6, 2010 at 4:09pm
Thanks Buffy for for encouragement with +KS to my blog post on Chilling facts about indigenous issues.
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/chilling-facts-about

You said rightly that we should listen to indigenous people for the environment. We really need to take them seriously for saving Indigenous culture.
With regards,
Pradip Dey
Comment by Catherine Gentry on May 6, 2010 at 4:18pm
This is especially saddening as it just might be that these indigenous traditions hold the keys to saving our world. I have found much wisdom from such in my studies of ancient medicines. For an introduction to what I am referring to see my posts: http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/traditional-medicines-our


http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/essential-evoke-its-the-e...
Comment by Paul Holze on May 6, 2010 at 8:01pm
Thanks for posting this

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