Indigenous Peoples

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are culturally distinct groups who maintain an ancestral bond to the lands where they live or wish to live.

Indigenous topics have been the subject of numerous OAS General Assembly resolutions, which in recent years have called for the adoption of the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Different areas of the Organization carry out specific projects aimed at promoting the protection, well-being, and development of indigenous peoples and communities in our hemisphere.  Likewise, the Summits of the Americas and the bodies making up the inter-American human rights system play a vital role and constantly strive to defend and promote indigenous peoples' rights.