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In the 1960s-1970s, a movement emerged in North America to honor Native American people as part of Columbus Day, This was opposed by many indigenous people who saw Columbus as a symbol of those who stripped the Native Americans of their rights and culture. As the activism increased there have been several protests, one including putting Columbus on trial. Indigenous peoples in other nations have worked to have a holiday that would honor their contributions and history.  In South America, for instance, Brazil celebrates “National Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on April 19. In Asia, Taiwan celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on August 1, as a way of promoting their rights and making the general public more aware of their culture and history. In the Philippines, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, as well as various local indigenous towns, designated October 29, 1987, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In 1994 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing  August 9 as the International Day of the World Indigenous People. The idea was first proposed in 1977. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high-level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council.  The SSNDs have worked with different organizations to ensure that the indigenous people are recognized for their contributions, culture, and history.

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