Indigenous Peoples

We recognize and value the people who work to preserve the wisdom and knowledge of their ancestors.
Caminhos Da Terra CC Indigenous Blessing

Indigenous voices have been an essential part of URI’s formation since the beginning. Cooperation Circles act to protect Indigenous people’s rights to live and thrive in accordance with their traditions.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • Comunidad Cosmica CC, in Buenos Aires, Argentina preserves Indigenous cultures' rich oral histories by publishing written stories.
  • 1God CC, in Clayton, Victoria, Australia, leads a movement to return uncovered Aboriginal human remains for dignified burial in accordance with Aboriginal traditions.
  • Indlondlo Zulu Dancers Cultural and Art Centre, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, keeps traditional Zulu dances, costume, and culture alive through classes and performances.

The URI delegation delivers prayers and sacred water from around the world as part of the Interfaith Day of Prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 4, 2016. URI has a long history of honoring Indigenous traditions, protecting the environment, and creating cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings.

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URI's 15th Anniversary Reflections

On June 27, 2015, URI will celebrate its 15th anniversary, as part of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations celebration at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California. During this exciting time, members of the URI community are reflecting on what it means to be a part of a growing peacebuilding organization.

The Weekly Shot: Naw-Rúz

Naw-Rúz is the first day of the Bahá'í calendar, which takes place on the vernal equinox each year. Beginning in Iran, Naw-Rúz is now celebrated by those of the Bahá'í faith throughout the world. The beginning of the new year signifies a close to the preceding month of fasting, which is often celebrated with dinner, music, prayer, and dancing.