Democracy and participation, Communities

Indigenous people: the forgotten EU citizens.


Who is behind this?

Angélique Hardy

AEDH - European Association for the Defence of Human Rights


Who is joining forces?

Civil Rights Defenders


Same Ätnam (National Association of Samiland)


French League of Human Rights (LDH) and its section in Cayenne (Guyana)


Partner Org. 4: Organisation des Nations Autochtones de Guyane Website (FB) @onag973 France Partnership includes indigenous representatives, 2 leading human rights org. and a European network.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Together in Diversity? An EU leitmotiv that indigenous peoples cannot relate to. Several indigenous peoples live on EU territory: among them Sami and Guyanese Amerindians. Sápmi and Guyana: two widely separated lands with common human rights challenges for the indigenous people living there. According to international experts, their indigenous rights are seriously violated. By raising awareness about the situation of EU indigenous peoples, our objective is the fulfillment of their rights.

Where will your idea take place?

Swedish parts of Sápmi, Stockholm, Guyana and Brussels

Why does Europe need your idea?

Creating equal opportunities for all EU citizens is an issue that connects to core democratic values. Is the EU truly democratic when indigenous peoples are left out from decision-making processes? By bringing up the issue at the EU level the project helps strengthening democracy in Europe.

What is your impact?

A high-level meeting gathering indigenous peoples and EU and MS representatives where:
• Indigenous people raise awareness and advocate for their rights on national and EU-level.
• EU institutions commit to adopt policies protecting the indigenous people living in the European territory.

How do you get there?

1. Research together with indigenous representatives to investigate the human rights’ situation and gather the Sami and Guyanese Amerindians’ demands, esp. on cultural and participatory rights
2. Preparation of a report based on the information collected
3. Draft of a common ‘Manifesto’ by the indigenous representatives for the future work to be done to raise the awareness of indigenous rights and perspectives
4. Presentation of the report to the EC & MEPs by indigenous representatives

What is your story?

As indigenous representatives and human rights organisations, we fight for indigenous peoples’ rights. Realizing indigenous rights is the core instrument for equal opportunities of members of indigenous communities. Until now, those rights have been forgotten by EU political and legal affairs.

Who are you doing it for?

Indigenous people from Sápmi (Sami) and Guyana (Kali'na, Lokono, Palikur, Teko and Wayãpi) are at the centre of the project. 21,400 to 31,400 Sami and about 15,000 Guyanese Amerindians live on the EU territory.

The project also directly targets EU and Member State policy- and decision-makers.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Any kind of advice that you would deem relevant.




Peter Rodhe

Idea created on Jan. 17, 2018
Last edit on Feb. 28, 2018

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