International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous communities are a part of the population to be appreciated and consulted, and whose full participation should be promoted at the local and national level. – Pope Francis Feb. 15, 2017
August 9, 2016 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
There are more than 370 million self-identified indigenous and tribal peoples and ethnic minorities in some 70 countries. They are among the poorest and most marginalized people in the world. An estimated 70 percent live in Asia and the Pacific region. In Latin America alone there are more than 400 different indigenous peoples, each with a distinct language and culture.
Despite their long histories of struggle, indigenous peoples continue to weave their stories, songs, rituals and ceremonies into rich, colorful and textured tapestries that represent their indigenous experience.
Let us recognize and honor the strength, resilience, dignity, and pride of indigenous peoples around the world.
Creator God of all people,
We come to you as your many children
to ask for guidance.
Remind us that none of us were
discovered since none of us were lost,
but that we are all gathered within the
sacred circle of your community.
Guide us to restore the truth of our
help us to confront the racism that divides us.
Call us to kinship and mend our hearts.
Let us live in justice and peace so that all people might live in dignity.
Adapted from the Native Ministries of the Episcopal Church
Debbie Weber, director