August 9th is the International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which was first proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, in December 1994. This day is celebrated annually during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People.
In 2004, the UN Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 to 2014 with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity”. The focus of this year’s International Day is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements”.
This is to highlight the importance to honour arrangements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples that were designed to recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands and establish a framework for living in proximity and entering into economic relationships.
Hundreds of indigenous and non-indigenous rowers are scheduled to arrive at Pier 96 at 57th Street in Manhattan at 10am, after having collectively travelled thousands of miles on rivers and horsebacks to honour the first treaty “the Two Row Wampum.”