This Columbus DayA we were reminded of the carton to the left . . . and just like we do at scary movies, we want to jump into the cartoon and yell, "Stop! Don't do it!"
Just one year ago, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, after an 11-year effort by American Indians, San, Inuit, Ticuna, Aboriginal Australians, Adivasi, Tibetans, Berbers, and others around the world. What's striking about this video (that tells the story along with photos of indigenous peoples) is how in-person, informal, iterative discussions move things forward between countries just like they do between different sides in a nonprofit or a community. Ten, eleven, twelve years is a long time to fight for these pieces of paper, but they are crucial steps, and worth celebrating.
See the video at A Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly, September 13, 2007