Indigenous peoples from around the world have historically struggled for the recognition of their rights and the protection of their ancestral territories upon which they depend for their cultural, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
The continuous struggle and the urge of being recognised as peoples and nations brought indigenous peoples representatives together for the first time at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva in 1977. This year marked an inflection point for the contemporary history of indigenous peoples worldwide.
37 years of advocacy has led to major developments such as the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
In 2013, a symposium organised at the UN in Geneva gathered together some of the First Indigenous Peoples delegates to reflect on achievements since 1977, present challenges faced by indigenous peoples, renewing connections and commitment to the land, and engaging younger generations of the indigenous community. The event was filmed and the oral memories of the First Delegates was captured by a team of indigenous youth. This documentary is the result of their collaborative work and features Forest Peoples Programme Director Joji Carino and Project Officer Alancay Morales Garro.