Day of indigenous peoples focuses on role of mediaListen /
'Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices" is the theme of this year's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August each year.
The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 to be initially celebrated during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People from 1995 to 2004.
Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum says that indigenous peoples are sometimes not accurately portrayed in the media.
“This year, the theme is on media for the main reason because we believe that journalists, play a very, very important role in catalyzing public opinion and in driving and seeking public opinion, but also in influencing, whether it is directly or indirectly, and it's a very important mobilizing voice. And what we want to address is to see what kind of role can media play and also, very importantly, how can indigenous people be involved in this.”