ILC celebrates the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2018

Thursday, 9th August 2018

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the ILC reaffirm our commitment to respect and protect the inherent land and territorial rights of indigenous peoples, as set out in ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including by recognizing that respect for indigenous knowledge and cultures contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management of the environment.

Too often, Indigenous communities are threatened with encroachment or dispossession of their lands, territories and resources by public and private interests that seek to plunder resources, build energy infrastructure and develop industry.

ILC members and partners have employed various strategies to reinforce their land rights and promote people-centred land governance in their territories. Some of these success stories inspired the ILC Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land Rights Toolkit, that gathers key information on tools that have been successfully used to promote, protect, and strengthen land and territorial rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

In the toolkit you can read about good practices that have already been implemented by members. A diverse set of tools and strategies are presented, including community-based land use planning, documentation of land rights, promotion of free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples in granting access over their land and natural resources, and when necessary, seeking recourse with the judicial system.

ILC members and partner organizations are encouraged to use these tools to be inspired from other’s experiences and adapt them to their specific contexts so that Indigenous communities have the means to assert their land rights and exercise their autonomy to develop their traditional livelihood strategies.

You can access the full toolkit here.