The characteristics of indigenous groups make participatory approaches especially critical to safeguarding their interests int he development process. Such approaches, recognizing the right of indigenous peoples to participate actively in planning their own futures, are supported by major donors and international organizations, including the World Bank, but have proved very difficult to implement. They call for changes in attitudes, policies and legislation to address the key issues: recognizing rights to land and nautral resources, ensuring culturally appropriate procedures for consultations and communication; and building on the strengths of traditional lifestyles and institutions.
"This is a concise overview of Indigenous Peoples from pre-contact to the 21st century. The book is intended for any overview course in Native Studies. It examines key topics such as treaty processes, land claims, and contemporary socio-economic issues and features an emphasis on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and its "calls to action.""--
Describes the 2008 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which highlights the threats that changes in climate & bio-cultural resources are posing to the survival of peoples of the developing world. Representatives of mobile & nomadic peoples discussed the ways in which extreme weather events, reduced biodiversity, & new livestock diseases are jeopardizing the viability of their livelihoods & causing increased tribal conflict. The obligation for government & non-governmental organizations to acknowledge the special needs of mobile peoples is discussed. Adapted from the source document.