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, as well as promoting visibility of Indigenous human rights issues. The 2015 theme is "Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring Indigenous Peoples' Health and Well-being,” which spotlights Indigenous peoples' health and access to health care services around the world, as this remains a problem for many populations.
URI Cooperation Circles celebrate Indigenous faiths, cultures, and customs worldwide. In June of last year, more than 30 Indigenous representatives of the United Religions Initiative traveled from six continents to embody the global movement for peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. Members of URI’s Global Indigenous Initiative (GII) joined in wisdom sharing with members of Cooperation Circles around the world for Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing, a three-day retreat held on the original land of the Pomo people in Northern California.