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AS DISTINCT PEOPLES, MANY RIGHTS FLOW FROM OR ARE INTERRELATED WITH OUR COLLECTIVE HUMAN RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.

These include but are not limited to:

  • the right to freely determine our own political status, to govern ourselves, to determine our own forms of government, and to determine our own citizens
  • the right to enter into treaties and to have our treaties fully honored and respected
  • the right to determine our relationships with other governments in a spirit of coexistence and mutual respect
  • the right to represent ourselves in international or domestic forums
  • the right to be secure in the enjoyment of our own means of subsistence and development
  • the right to own, develop, control, and use our lands, territories, and resources 
  • the right to freely pursue our own economic, social, and cultural development
  • the right to give or withhold our free, prior, and informed consent with regard to decisions affecting our lands, resources, rights, or interests
  • the right to be different, to consider ourselves different, and to be respected as such
  • the right to the integrity and diversity of our cultures as distinct members of the family of humankind 
  • the right to practice and revitalize our cultural, spiritual, and religious traditions 
  • the right for our sacred places to be preserved, respected, and protected
  • the right to our own names and languages
  • the right to health - the right to food - the right to water - the right to a safe and healthy environment 
  • the right to know and understand our human rights - the right to human rights education
  • and the right, as Indigenous peoples, to continue to exist and to live in freedom, peace, and security.