Today, we celebrate the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. With over 5,000 cultures and an estimated 7,000 languages, Indigenous communities bring unique perspectives, a rich diversity, and generations of knowledge to addressing so many of the challenges facing our planet today.
Despite their rich histories and contributions, Indigenous peoples remain among the world’s most marginalized communities. We have a collective responsibility to foster a more inclusive global society in which Indigenous peoples achieve their aspirations and are invited to contribute their expertise to help shape a safer, healthier, more inclusive, and more sustainable world for all peoples.
On behalf of the United States, I extend my best wishes on this annual commemorative day to Indigenous peoples across the world. We recognize and celebrate the vibrant cultures, languages, and legacies of Indigenous peoples, and express our appreciation for their continued and lasting contributions to the wellbeing of our planet.