Indigenous peoples of Brazil: NPWJ celebratres “Dia Do Indio”

19 Apr, 2023 | Press Releases

Brussels – Rome, 19 April 2023

NPWJ recognises “Dia do Índio” as an important celebration honouring the rich cultural heritage, history and contributions of the indigenous peoples of Brazil and the world. On this day, we acknowledge the challenges and injustices faced by indigenous communities and restate our commitment to supporting their rights, promoting their voices and fostering mutual respect and understanding. Let us take this opportunity to reflect on the diversity and richness of indigenous cultures and celebrate their resilience.

Dia do Índio was created in 1943 by President Getúlio Vargas as a way to recognise and honour Brazil’s indigenous peoples, who have a long and complex history. This day is an opportunity to commemorate the traditions and contributions of indigenous communities across the country. It is also a time to raise awareness about the challenges and issues these communities are still facing, including discrimination, the invasion of their lands and territories, environmental threats and social inequalities. We take this opportunity to recommit to continue working towards building greater respect, recognition, promotion of their rights and the well-being of indigenous peoples worldwide.