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Indigenous Peoples

From its chartering days, URI has recognized the importance of including the voices and participation of Indigenous people. We recognize and value the people living on the land of their ancestors, and URI Cooperation Circles act to protect the rights of all indigenous people to live in accordance with their traditions, and to uplift their voices. 

Some examples of this work include:

  • standing with the American Indian tribes at Standing Rock Indian Reservation to protect sacred land from an oil pipeline;
  • writing down South American oral histories to preserve them for future generations;
  • sending out awareness videos and messages worldwide for Indigenous People’s Day; performance troupes teaching traditional Zulu dances, costume, and culture;
  • protecting Indigenous people’s rights to their ancestral land and demanding equity and representation in local governments; and
  • gatherings devoted to reconciliation, listening, and harmonious living.
Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

Anugraha CC

Asia,
21 members

Qewña CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
17 members

Comunidad Cosmica CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

Qhana UTA CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Caminhos da Terra

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Bumblebee Global Renewal Projects CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Bangalore Cooperation Circle

Asia,
10 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 (ten) members

Bridge of Peace CC

Asia,
12 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Initiative for Solidarity CC

Asia,
11 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Hidden Seeds: Global Indigenous Network

Multi-Region,
33 members

Wiñay Llayta (Eternal People) CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Alliance For Development (AFODE)

Africa,
250 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Anando CC

Asia,
11 members

Fé-minina CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
27 members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Asia Culture House

Asia,
100 members

Marawaka CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

PathWays for Diversity Education Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

C.O.E.MA.TI (Comunidad Originaria Ecos de la Madre Tierra)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
14 members

Modern Method

Asia,
7 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Alianza por Espiritualidad Maya Q’eqchi’, Mopán e Itzaj-APEM

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 (seven) members

Consejo Interamericano Sobre La Espiritualidad Indígena A.C. CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
25 members

Rural Development Society CC

Asia,
21 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 (nine) members

TOL’ART

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Lalitamba Mandiram

North America,
7 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

Youth For Development

Africa,
30 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Mujeres Artesanas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Los Descendientes de Guatemaya

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Protecting and Restoring the Sacred

North America,
9 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Of the Indigenous People of Argentina CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
12 members

Sacred Currents

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Aflaiai (Eterno)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

World Play Movement

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Mujeres Originarias en la Política Social y Comunitaria CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
9 members

Amaru CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

Kuxkatan

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

GAUTENG Khoi and San Council

Africa,
100 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Movimiento Ecuménico Interreligioso de Pueblos Indígenas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
14 members

SAMAY

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

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August 8, 2016 2:51 AM

The Weekly Shot: International Day of the World's Indigenous People

URI celebrates the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

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August 1, 2016 11:03 AM

Happy Pachamama Month!

Indigenous voices and traditions, especially those of recalibrating with nature and one another, are so important to all of us, whether for spiritual curiosity, environmentalism, or community bridge-building. 

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October 19, 2015 9:53 AM

Karen Hernandez: Reflections at the Parliament

As I walked through the Salt Palace on the first day of Parliament, I was reminded of how I felt the very first time I attended Parliament in Melbourne in 2009. 

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October 12, 2015 9:45 AM

Indigenous Peoples Day

On Indigenous Peoples Day 2015, listen to Hereditary Chief and Elder Chief Phil Lane Jr., URI Global Council Trustee, share an inspiring message.

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September 22, 2015 6:43 AM

Celebrating International Day of Peace With Our New CC

Our new Cooperation Circle, Atman, works for women's empowerment and aims to spread a social message about health and education. The CC met for the first time to celebrate the International day of Peace in interesting ways.

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Subhi Dhupar

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August 12, 2015 1:48 PM

URI East India Welcomes Largest Tribal Gathering

Greetings of peace from a very sacred place in India’s eastern region, where we started a two-day conference on observing World Indigenous Day.

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August 10, 2015 10:12 AM

The Weekly Shot: International Day of the World's Indigenous People

The United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year as a way of protecting the rights of the world’s indigenous population.

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June 22, 2015 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: Indigenous March in Guadalajara

Over five thousand people gathered in Guadalajara, Mexico for the “Dialogo Multi-cultural Universal II, Meet and Dialogue about Beliefs, Spiritualties, Religions and Cultures” conference last month.

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June 2, 2015 9:44 AM

Dialogo Multi-cultural Universal II, Guadalajara, Mexico

Rachael Watcher shares her personal report on the “Dialogo Multi-cultural Universal II, Meet and Dialogue about Beliefs, Spiritualties, Religions and Cultures" conference in Guadalajara.

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Rachael Watcher

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February 16, 2015 8:46 AM

URI Welcomes 10 New CCs for February 2015

We have deep admiration for the work our new members are doing and for the work they plan to continue doing as part of the United Religions Initiative family.

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