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An indigenous man raises his hands to welcome visitors during the National Indigenous People's Day celebration in Vancouver, Canada, June 21, 2018. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- August 9 marks International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. It is a worldwide celebration that marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations in 1982. On this day, people from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN's message on the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples.

The theme for International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2020 is COVID-19 and indigenous peoples' resilience. On this special day, let's take a look at how indigenous peoples live under the COVID-19 pandemic as well as some past events that showcase the wisdom, voices and awareness of the indigenous peoples.


Indigenous people wait for medical consultation in the Surucucu region of Alto Alegre, Roraima state, Brazil, on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

A medic performs health checks for an indigenous woman in the Surucucu region of Alto Alegre, Roraima state, Brazil, on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

Indigenous people wait for medical consultation in Roraima state, Brazil, on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

Indigenous people wait for medical consultation in the Surucucu region of Alto Alegre, Roraima state, Brazil, on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

Members of the 23 Native Pueblos of the U.S. state of New Mexico, plus several tribes from the state of Arizona, celebrate the Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the United States, Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by Richard Lakin/Xinhua)

A girl visits an indigenous tent during the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Trout Lake in Vancouver, Canada, Jun. 21, 2019. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

People paddle in an indigenous canoe during the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Trout Lake in Vancouver, Canada, June 21, 2019. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

Women in traditional attire participate in a rally to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Sunil Sharma/Xinhua)

People shake hands with each other during the 32nd annual Squamish Nation Youth Pow Wow at Capilano Reserve Park in west Vancouver, Canada, July 14, 2019. Pow Wow is an indigenous cultural activity in which people socialize together via different activities like dancing, singing, and honoring the traditions of their ancestors. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

People dressed in regalia are seen during the 32nd annual Squamish Nation Youth Pow Wow at Capilano Reserve Park in west Vancouver, Canada, July 14, 2019. Pow Wow is an indigenous cultural activity in which people socialize together via different activities like dancing, singing, and honoring the traditions of their ancestors. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

An indigenous man displays a wooden craft he made during the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Trout Lake in Vancouver, Canada, June 21, 2019. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

Indigenous community perform during the celebration of "Hoobiyee" in Vancouver, Canada, Feb. 3, 2018. Thousands of indigenous people from different tribes joined together to celebrate the "Hoobiyee", which is observed as the Lunar New Year by the Nisga'a community, an ethnic indigenous group living in Canada. (Xinhua/Liang Sen)

Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, a Cree Chief from Canada, addresses an event marking International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on Aug. 9, 2017. (Xinhua/Ma Jianguo)

People participate in a rally to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Aug. 9, 2017. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)

Image taken on Aug. 7, 2017 shows artisan Julia Carrillo holding a handcraft she made in Mexico City, capital of Mexico. (Xinhua/Str) ■

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