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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

Kuxkatan

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

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

Latin America and the Caribbean,
14 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

World Play Movement

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

Rural Development Society CC

Asia,
21 members

Bridge of Peace CC

Asia,
12 members

SAMAY

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Movimiento Ecuménico Interreligioso de Pueblos Indígenas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
14 members

Sacred Currents

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

PathWays for Diversity Education Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Fé-minina CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
27 members

Qhana UTA CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Advocates For Grassroots Inter-Religious Cooperation

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Amaru CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

TOL’ART

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Hidden Seeds: Global Indigenous Network

Multi-Region,
33 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Bangalore Cooperation Circle

Asia,
10 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Protecting and Restoring the Sacred

North America,
9 members

Qewña Cooperation Circle

Latin America and the Caribbean,
17 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Alliance For Development (AFODE)

Africa,
250 members

Wiñay Llayta (Eternal People) CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

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

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 (seven) members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Interfaith Forum For Peace Harmony And Solidarity

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
35 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

Of the Indigenous People of Argentina CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
12 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Mujeres Kunas Artesanas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Modern Method

Asia,
7 members

Marawaka CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Asia Culture House

Asia,
100 members

Mujeres Originarias en la Política Social y Comunitaria CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
9 members

Aflaiai (Eterno)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Msu-Iit Youth Chain Of Peace - MYCoP

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

GAUTENG Khoi and San Council

Africa,
100 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Comunidad Cosmica CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Caminhos da Terra

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Los Descendientes de Guatemaya

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Youth For Development

Africa,
30 members

Consejo Interamericano Sobre La Espiritualidad Indígena A.C. CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
25 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

Bumblebee Global Renewal Projects CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Anando CC

Asia,
11 members

Anugraha CC

Asia,
21 members

Initiative for Solidarity CC

Asia,
11 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 members

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July 21, 2014 10:47 AM

Indigenous gathering a remarkable moment for URI and the world

In late June, more than 30 Indigenous representatives of the United Religions Initiative traveled from six continents to sit in circle...

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July 10, 2014 11:00 AM

Spiritual Leaders and Wisdom Keepers Convene For Global Indigenous Gathering, Call For Unprecedented Unified Action

“We realized we were not alone and must do this work together - being a global indigenous family is needed now. A great wave of change for peace has begun to roll over the face of Mother Earth."

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July 7, 2014 2:38 PM

Experiencing spirit in action at the GII's Hidden Seeds gathering

July 1-3, I joined 33 indigenous leaders from six continents that gathered under summer sun and ancient oaks on original Pomo tribal land at Four Springs Retreat Center in Sonoma County, California...

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Sally Mahé

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May 27, 2014 10:34 AM

The Parliament and URI Call for Peace and Prayers in Africa

As our united prayers continue for the peoples of the Central African Republic, Nigeria, and Kenya, we now mourn the lives lost through escalating acts of violence throughout the continent.

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URI News Desk

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April 22, 2014 12:23 PM

Remembering Tata Apolinario

Tata Apolinario - as we called him affectionately - was a genuine leader of the indigenous Mayan spirituality, and was also a founding member of URI.

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Enoé Texier

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April 7, 2014 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: Mujeres Kunas Artesanas CC

Members of the Mujeres Kunas Artesanas CC, together with partners Asociación Indígena Ambiental, provide training for indigenous women in during Art Workshop to Design Mola in Gosguna.... Read more...

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The Weekly Shot

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March 6, 2014 4:35 PM

An update on an indigenous wisdom center for conflict resolutions in India

Our tribal community has been working the last two days with our tribal team as part of the "indigenous wisdom" for conflict resolutions.

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February 12, 2014 12:00 AM

URI CC Events and Affirmations for WIHW 2014

In honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week, URI members offer affirmations, events and celebrations to the global interfaith community.

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URI News Desk

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February 6, 2014 3:03 PM

URI Executive Director Victor Kazanjian on Indigenous Voices radio

For World Interfaith Harmony Week, Global Indigenous Initiative Coordinator Audri Scott Williams began Indigenous Voices

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January 21, 2014 3:44 PM

Reflections through the eyes of a peace walker

“Religiously motivated hostility has reached a 5-year high.

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