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 Latin America and the Caribbean Women's Testimonies Celebrate the Female Heart

Last Thursday, March 12, 2020, fifteen (15) women, from seven (7) countries of the Region, representatives of Cooperation Circles and some of them were also members of the Global Council or Global Staff for around two (2) hours, they shared in a pleasant way their feminine experiences and their experiences, dreams and works around the empowerment of women.