There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.
The inheritors and practitioners of these unique cultures represent a continuum of intellect and creativity throughout history. These are distinct from dominant societies and they have a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things. This is often manifested through ceremony and storytelling with an emphasis on community, cooperation and a responsibility to protect the environment.
Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have been repeatedly violated.
It’s time for change!
What we do?
Our objective is to raise awareness and generate support for indigenous communities around the world. We provide a platform for our audience to learn about the importance of cultural diversity and the role indigenous people play in keeping our connection to the natural world in tact. Furthermore, our projects and initiatives focus on providing indigenous people the opportunity to share their own stories thus ensuring better representation in the media.
We do this via various projects and initiatives including;
- Sinchi led projects with communities in Tiwi Islands (Australia), Mentawai (Indonesia), Mazateca (Mexico) to the Lakota (United States)
- ‘Sinchi Fund’ Self Documentation Projects, enabling communities to record their own culture.
- Our global collaboration network which connects indigenous organisations and international resources
- Our annual photo competition celebrating the strength and beauty of indigenous culture
- Film / Documentary Screenings
- Speaking engagements and discussion groups promoting indigenous rights.
- Art & Photo Exhibitions.
- Music and Festival Activities.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program
- Public fundraising through the sale / auction of art.