International year of indigenous languages

As part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the RAIZS Fair Trade Handicraft international solidarity project was presented to high school students at Iqbal Masih school in the Saint Denis 93000 sector in the Ile de France region.

The project which, in a context of sustainable development, rescues the traditional processes of Mexican art developed by indigenous communities, through the direct acquisition, without intermediaries, of their realization via fair trade, collaborates with many collectives and communities from different regions of Mexico.

Veracruz, Guerrero, Chiapas, via Oaxaca, Campeche and Jalisco are some regions which are represented in the Mexican solidariy shop RAIZS Artisanat Solidaire.

Mexico has 68 indigenous peoples with a population of almost 12 million. In 2015 they were 6.5% of the Mexican population.

Traditions, languages, textile art, gastronomy and some information about the cultural diversity that these communities bring to the richness of Mexico were discussed in this day of sharing and promotion of Mexican culture.

Thank you very much to Professor Marc Dutertre for his invitation to share with his students the richness of Mexico’s cultural diversity and the importance of indigenous peoples in the preservation of the environment, the preservation of languages ​​and knowledge, the establishment of peace and reconciliation in the world.

The International Year of Indigenous Languages ​​is a celebration that was approved in 2016 by the United Nations and proclaimed in 2019, which aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of indigenous languages ​​in the world, with the aim of link language, development, peace and reconciliation.

Indigenous peoples live in all regions of the world and own, occupy or use about 22% of the planet’s territory. They have between 370 and 500 million inhabitants and represent the majority of the world’s cultural diversity, as they have created and speak the majority of the almost 7,000 languages ​​of the world. Many indigenous peoples continue to face situations of marginalization, extreme poverty and other human rights violations. Through collaborations with indigenous peoples, UNESCO strives to help them meet the many challenges they face and recognizes their important role in maintaining the world’s cultural and biodiversity diversity.

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