Four days are left before we celebrate Indigenous Day. Indigenous People Day is observed on August 9th each year to promote and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. Behind this celebration day, there is history of the resistance of the rights of indigenous people. And in this moment is also the time for us to speak up for Indigenous people on August 19th 2017.
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995–2004). In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005–2015, with the theme of "A Decade for Action and Dignity". People from different nations are encouraged to participate in observing the day to spread the UN's message on indigenous peoples. Activities may include educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples. By resolution 49/214 of December 23rd 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed on August 9th every year during the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
In this celebration, Indigenous people speak their rights. The rights are: get full enjoyment, free of discrimination, self-determination, land owner, citizenship (a nationality), liberty, preserving culture, tradition, and history, free to have an indigenous community or nation, get the dignity, and also have the same right as usual human.
Ranu Welum Media collaborates with young Dayak people and many organizations and communities to celebrate Indigenous Day happen. It will hold on August 19th 2017 at Bundaran Besar, Palangka Raya. In this celebration, young Dayak people will speak up the rights of indigenous people. It will screen many films those are created by young Dayak people, and it will also perform traditional dance and sing traditional song.