We celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples each year on 9 August each year. This marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. The theme for 2022 is ‘the role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge.

Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous people’s communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional ancestral knowledge. They have an integral collective and community role as carers of natural resources and keepers of scientific knowledge. Many indigenous women are also taking the lead in the defence of lands and territories and advocating for indigenous peoples’ collective rights worldwide.

You can download the PowerPoint of the 2022 Prayer Service here, and you can watch the full Virtual Prayer Service below.

Watch the 2022 Prayer Service by clicking on the image, above.