Indigenous Peoples, Including their Connection to Such Issues as Human Rights, Natural Resources, Migration, Self-Government, Children, Adoption and Identity
Known differently as Tribal Peoples, First Peoples, Native Peoples, and /or Indigenous Peoples, these original inhabitants speak about 4,000 + unique languages and constitute about 5% of the world’s population today. While looking to foster growth through diversity and inclusion, the world has since considered different sects and groups of peoples in the different parts of the globe: indigenous peoples inclusive. By the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, there have been provisions for the protection of the rights of indigenous people. However, the continuous discrimination of these people and the attendant economic situation it puts them has ripple effects on their children. Thus, the need to assert the rights of these children by State actors. This paperadopts qualitative method by examining several secondary sources in understanding the concept of indigenous peoples and children. It further identifies four key areas for state actors and international bodies to focus on while crafting and enforcing policies towards the protection of the rights of indigenous children.
Keywords - Children, Indigenous, Issues, Rights, UNDRIP.