August 9 was the official observance of International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. If you’ve never heard of the day before, you’re probably not alone. As celebrations go, this one doesn’t rank high in the hearts and minds of most people. Hopefully, that will change.
It needs to change.
Now, more than ever, we need to take notice and celebrate the diversity of the world we live in. There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries.
Indigenous people have sought recognition of their identities, their way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years. We are in a new Era of awareness and evolution. Mother Earth is telling us we need to change and we are not listening. We need to realize they are wiser, closer to the truth and more connected to Divinity and Mother Earth, than we are. They have a lot to teach to us if we listen.
The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life. In order to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, August 9 commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Truth is, the Indigenous people are a reflection of the world we live in. They are us, and we are them, and how we decide to treat, appreciate and accept them, will determine how we treat the world.
It doesn’t matter where you live anymore. We are made up of a rich tapestry of religion, race, gender, and culture, all melding together in what we need to see as one beautiful pot. Open your heart, and your eyes will see it. We are all family!
Now, is the time (more needed than ever) to truly embrace diversity in the world — to spread love and acceptance to all human beings. By accepting, welcoming and loving the differences in others, we learn to accept, welcome and love ourselves.
When we invite the world into our hearts as family, we open a path to a new world — one without borders and walls, judgment and fear, or even hate. It is a world ruled by love and open arms, which, throughout all of history, has been the only path to peace.
Let us celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (and not just for one day a year), and when we do, let us ask ourselves, what kind of a world do we want to live in?