Social Resources dimension

Article 21 of the draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples addresses the social and economic aspects of their right of self-determination:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities. Indigenous peoples who have been deprived of their means of subsistence and development are entitled to just and fair compensation.”

The World Summit for Social Development, held in Copenhagen in 1995, expressed the view, recognizes and supports indigenous people in their pursuit of economic and social development, with full respect for their identity, tradition, forms of social organization and cultural values.



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