World Indigenous Peoples Day: 2012 Theme: “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”

As someone who works in Native media, advocating for Native American media makers, writing curriculum for and training Native American media makers, I am excited to see there is worldwide support for the work we do everyday.  Today is World Indigenous Peoples Day and this year’s spotlight is on indigenous media – television, radio, film, and social media – and its role in helping to preserve indigenous peoples’ cultures, challenge stereotypes, and influence the social and political agenda. 

“From community radio and television to feature films and documentaries, from video art and  newspapers to the internet and social media, indigenous peoples are using these powerful tools to challenge mainstream narratives, bring human rights violations to international attention and forge global solidarity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the day. “They are also developing their own media to reflect indigenous values and fight against myths and misconceptions.”

See some of the work that Native American Media makers are doing at Native Public Media

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