Pakeha / Tauiwi Support the 2005
9 August is the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. It marks the anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982, which led to the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The text of the Draft Declaration, which gives basic protection to indigenous peoples' human rights, was agreed by the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1994 ... but is still being negotiated in 2005 as some governments, including the New Zealand government, attempt to water down the text to the point where it becomes essentially meaningless.
This year Pakeha / Tauiwi Treaty educators will be holding vigils in different parts of the country on 9 August with placard messages and information handouts. If you want to support the vigil in your area, check for local details in the Support the International Day of the World's Indigenous People section below. That section will be updated with new contact details and meeting places as they are confirmed in different towns and cities. There is also a section with additional resources below.
Support the International Day of the World's Indigenous People
Placards and handouts
The placards are in a particular order so that each point follows on from the previous one. If you do not have enough people for the whole series, we suggest you start with the first and display them in sequence depending on the number of people you have. Most of the placards have an associated handout which provides more information on the placard text, please feel free to print these to give away or combine them with your own material on the topic.
The placard texts are listed in sequence below together with the handout for each, the placard texts are also available in a single Word document so you can easily copy them.
Aotearoa / New Zealand