Our vision is simple:
We live for the day when indigenous peoples around the world are able to practice self-determination; when their human, economic, social, cultural, political and territorial rights are both recognized and respected; when they are free to speak their languages, maintain their sacred traditions and continue the work of caring for their ancestral homelands. We work towards the day when indigenous peoples are recognized as valued members of the international community, and are allowed to assume their rightful role as partners in creating a more equitable, just and sustainable world.
Our vision is global:
From the Arctic to the Amazon, from Siberia to South Africa, from West Papua to Rwanda, we envision genuinely democratic and autonomous indigenous regions, where indigenous peoples can live according to their own economic, social and political institutions, maintain and develop their cultures, and pursue their own models of development. This, we believe, is necessary not only for their survival and continuity as distinct cultures, but also to maintain the ecological, hydrological and climatic stability of the entire planet.
We are at a critical moment in history.
Humanity is in the process of losing the vast majority of its cultural, linguistic, religious and artistic diversity. Immense bodies of biological, ecological, pharmacological and spiritual knowledge are disappearing at an alarming rate. We can continue in this direction, and face enormous consequences, or we can begin creating a world where indigenous cultures can flourish and contribute to global peace, health and security.