Traditional knowledge at ‘core’ of indigenous heritage
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Traditional knowledge is at the core of indigenous identity, culture and heritage, the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said at the annual launch event on Monday, stressing that it “must be protected”.
Anne Nuorgam, who is a member of Finland’s Saami Parliament and head of the Saami Council’s Human Rights Unit, said the Forum offers an opportunity to share innovations and practices developed in indigenous communities “over centuries and millennia”.
Mat Wells from UN News said that indigenous peoples live in some 90 countries, represent 5,000 different cultures and speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages.
And while they make up less than six per cent of the global population, Indigenous people account for 15 per cent of the world’s poorest, according to the Forum.
Ms. Nourgam encouraged all Member States to help keep children connected to their indigenous culture and community, stressing that these languages “enable us to protect our traditional knowledge”.