By Benjamin Flowers: The Organization of American States (OAS) has announced that it will celebrate Indigenous People in the Americas during the upcoming Fourth Inter-American Week for Indigenous Peoples in the Americas, being held this week under the theme “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract in the Americas.”
During the celebration, which runs from August 9-13, the OAS says that it will hold several virtual activities to highlight the cultural traditions, languages, history, and societal contributions of the indigenous peoples of the region, activities that the organization says are “designed to highlight the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We must ensure that this new social contract includes the diverse voices of indigenous peoples throughout the hemisphere,” explained OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro. “Their participation in the design and implementation of new forms of social, economic, political and cultural arrangements must be a priority.”
OAS Assistant Secretary General, Belize’s own Nestor Mendez, also noted that said that this year’s commemorations will also be aimed at addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by indigenous peoples and the opportunities which exist to reshape our world through the implementation of policies geared towards creating a more just and inclusive society.
The activities will include a virtual exhibition by the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) comprising artwork from the AMA’s permanent collection, as well as artwork from member states, which will showcase the life, culture, and history of indigenous peoples.