Lands stolen, forced assimilation, arrested without charge, shot, displaced, discriminated against, economically marginalized, and politically ignored—all of this happens to indigenous peoples because they speak a different language, dress a different way, or have a different spirituality.
And the damage is not just to individuals. Entire cultures are dissolving. Languages developed over thousands of years—and the unique perceptions and understandings they represent—are rapidly disappearing. Lands that indigenous peoples have sustainably managed for generations—and which harbor 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity—are being stolen, invaded, and destroyed by governments and unscrupulous corporations.