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"Self-development occurs to the extent that indigenous peoples have the autonomy to decide on their future, and this is only possible when indigenous peoples own, dominate and above all, have control over the territory”
Representative of the Nasa people
, Cauca, Colombia.

Welcome to our Documentation Centre

In this section you will find useful training and study materials on current issues about indigenous communities. All included documents are published subject to their respective authors’ rights. All documents and materials created by Almáciga are under a Creative Commons license.

CD United nations, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Thanks to the support of the Human Rights Office of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Almáciga created a CD compiling working materials and documents for training on the human rights system and the rights of indigenous peoples. The documents can be accessed in Spanish only

The CD is designed for training activities developed by indigenous organizations and institutions. Materials can be used flexibly in training activities at different levels, depending on the adaptations that trainers decide to implement considering the characteristics of the participants.

A second function of this CD is to serve as compilation of treaties, reports and other documents on those parts of the UN human rights system which are relevant to indigenous peoples. Most of these documents are available in the web pages of the different bodies and mechanisms, but we are aware of difficulties suffered in order to access them, due to the lack of proper communication connections and the limited use of Spanish in the reference pages. We have tried to present these documents in a proper order, in order to facilitate search and use.

Those presentations and working guides prepared by us do not contain images or other effects, in order to permit the introduction of the maximum information in the available format, and for them to be easily used in any kind of computer system. Trainers and users can add any complementary resource they wish to plain text, in order to make them more user-friendly.

To develop this work, we have counted on the valuable collaboration of many indigenous representatives and both indigenous and non-indigenous experts, whom we would like to thank for their support and suggestions. The CD includes materials prepared by other organizations which have been adapted and eventually translated for their use. Among the organizations that have generated some of the used materials, we would like to thanks IWGIA, Forest Peoples’ Programme and the Tebtebba Foundation.

We are grateful for suggestions received from Bartolomé Clavero on the CD’s contents, and for the help of Luis Rodríguez-Piñero in order to prepare presentations. Materials coming from other bodies, like the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights or the International Labor Organization, are freely accessible in the Internet and are duly credited.

The CD is divided into two main sections:

1. Working materials, including Power Point presentations and a brief guide which suggests possible interactive activities and complementary materials, including references to where such materials can be found in the CD. Presentations follow the following structure:

a) General Introduction.

Presentation 1: Indigenous peoples in the international field.
Presentation 2: United Nations Organization (U.N.)
Presentation 3: Indigenous peoples and the U.N.

b) U.N. Human Rights System:

Presentation 1: U.N. Organization. The Human Rights System.
Presentation 2: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Presentation 3: The U.N. Human Rights Council.
Presentation 3.a: The Universal Periodic Review and Indigenous Peoples.
Presentation 3.2: Special Proceedings. The Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples.
Presentation 3.3: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. An advisory body for the Human Rights Council.
Presentation 4:  The Bodies of the Treaties. Supervision and interaction mechanisms.

c) The ECOSOC and the Permanent Forum.

Presentation 1: Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

d) The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

e) The ILO and Convention 169.

Presentation 1: Convention 169 on indigenous and tribal peoples.
Presentation 2: Indigenous peoples: consultation and participation.
Presentation 3: Supervision of ILO conventions.

2. Documentation. The second part of the CD compiles complementary working materials on each of the issues. In the guides to the presentations, all available materials connected with each presentation are listed. Those materials can also be requested to Almáciga by filling the contact form of this webpage.

The CD does not aim to be a structured course, but only a tool to use in training initiatives. The length of sessions and eventual division into modules shall depend on available time and resources and on the participants’ knowledge level. With the materials contained in the CD, for instance, you could plan a one-day session on international participation of indigenous peoples in the UN or on the Declaration, but they can also be used to structure a more complete course of one or two weeks which may include a deep review of the U.N. system in connection with indigenous rights, analyzing in detail reports, written materials, etc.

Below you will find some of the documents contained in the CD. If you are interested in receiving additional documentation, please contact us through the on-line form available in this web.

We hope you find the materials useful. We are happy to hear any suggestions or comments on their use which may help to improve this tool.