9 October 2007
Most of the world's remaining natural resources – including minerals, fresh water and potential energy sources – are to be found within Indigenous Peoples’ territories. For the first time, this declaration provides internationally accepted standards for Indigenous Peoples; giving them a say in regard to the use and protection of resources over which they have traditionally been custodians.
In adopting this non-binding declaration protecting the human, land and resource rights of the world’s 370 million Indigenous people, 143 countries voted in favour. Sadly, four countries voted against; Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Australia.
The decision was welcomed as a significant milestone in the struggle for justice for indigenous people in this country by organizations in Australia such as ANTaR