Earth Peoples is an educational awareness-raising video for and made by indigenous peoples. This project has been created in cooperation with indigenous partners from around the world. Our circle of partners contribute to the video by reflecting their own issues, environment and culture to help ensure an educational tool is produced that is indigenous-formed and reflects indigenous values. Partners contribute with their own film footage and music.

The video will be presented in a very simple and easy-to-understand visual style. In the hands of indigenous educators, this video will be a unique tool that can be used in the indigenous-controlled education of indigenous peoples. The story will be told by indigenous narrators from various regions of the world. Voice-over translations will be made in Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese   and several indigenous languages.


Primary target audience:

The primary target audience of the project is the world's indigenous peoples with special focus on children and youth and those living in isolated communities and areas with little access to key information about the world around them. Although many of these areas are remote, in virtually all these regions there is access to video playback technology within a few hours or a day's drive — at indigenous peoples' organizations or indigenous teachers' training facilities.



  • provide visuals and audio that will enable viewers to experience the diversity of indigenous cultures and environments worldwide
  • share and, as a result, validate indigenous solutions and alternatives
  • increase awareness about similar issues, challenges and problems faced by many indigenous peoples and nations
  • increase awareness about the promotion of rights and how to go about them
  • encourage communication and partnership building to strengthen common goals and strategies
  • encourage active involvement in the regional, national, and international arena, so that indigenous peoples can participate directly and speak for themselves in decision-making processes
  • increase the capacity of the target audience to advocate for their issues and concerns
  • provide a context for understanding regional, national and international agreements
  • encourage and promote collective self-esteem and the continuation of unique cultures


Educational Video Framework

1. The world map
Concept of the world map and how it relates to physical geography
  • Globe
  • Flat map
  • Topographic map
  • Continents
  • Regions
  • Countries
2. Visuals of the natural environment
Film clips with musical accompaniment
  • Oceans
  • Circumpolar North
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Mexico, Central America and the Circumcaribbean
  • South America
  • Australia and the Pacific
  • East Asia and Southeast Asia
  • South Asia
  • Middle East
  • Near East
  • Arabian Penensula
  • East Africa
  • Central Africa
  • North and West Africa
  • Southern Africa
3. Global Environmental Issues
Narrated visual examples of environmental problems affecting the balance of the Earth
  • Unsustainable resource extraction (logging, mining, oil, gas, grazing, etc.)
  • Pollution of fresh water, oceans, land and the atmosphere
  • Large scale development projects (dams, roads, oil and gas pipelines, mining, etc.)
  • Overpopulation
  • Global warming
  • Ozone depletion
  • Over fishing
  • Loss of biodiversity
  • Depletion of wetlands, forests and fresh water sources
  • Biotechnological threats (GMOs)
  • Privatization of the commons
  • Globalization
4. Videos from Indigenous Peoples of the World
  • Visuals from indigenous peoples of each continent
  • Examples of traditional indigenous music from each continent
  • Inclusion of indigenous languages from each continent
5. Political Issues Concerning Indigenous Peoples
  • Sovereignty
  • Self-determination
  • Land and territory collective ownership rights
  • The right to development
  • Environmental degradation, contamination and responsibility
  • Large-scale development projects on or affecting indigenous lands
  • Recognition of indigenous peoples by states
  • Establishment and enforcement of binding international laws
  • Globalization
  • Non-observance of treaties and other agreements by states
  • Cultural oppression
  • Racism
  • Sacred Site protection
  • Individual and collective rights to Economic, Social, Political, Cultural Heritage, Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources
6. Indigenous Alternatives
Visual and narrative examples of how indigenous peoples are addressing current challenges
  • a) Environment

  • Community baseline data collection and indicator surveys, land mapping and resource management (see education)
  • Environmental protection and habitat restoration, including replanting of forests and natural habitats
  • Traditional seed projects to conserve bio-culturally and non-gene manipulated plants
  • Energy independence by using renewable resources such as wind and solar power
  • Nursery projects for wildlife that can be reintroduced to their natural environment
  • Data collection and evaluation of plant use and cultivation techniques
  • Indigenous educational-environmental task force movements
  • b) Politics

  • Participation in local and regional decision making
  • Participation in the local, regional, national and international political arena
  • Capacity building through differentiated education
  • Advocacy based on consensual decision making
  • Partnership building
  • c) Education
  • Indigenous controlled interdisciplinary education in all fields to preserve written and unwritten cultural and social fabrics, the arts, language, political expression and traditional knowledge

  • Publication of bilingual books created by elders and youths for their communities
  • Data collection and evaluation of oral history by elders
  • Data collection, mapping and evaluation of past and present environmental, cultural and social issues
  • Sharing and exchange of educational and cultural experiences and methodology amongst indigenous educators
  • d) Culture
  • Preservation of ancestral ways:

  • Data collection of traditional knowledge and culture
  • Bilingual, differentiated school systems
  • Promotion of collective cultural self-esteem
  • e) Health
  • Indigenous management of community healthcare facilities

  • Facilitate the creation of healthcare providers within the community that can incorporate and use traditional practices
  • Educate and sensitize other health care providers about traditional cultural worldview
  • Data collection related to traditional medicine, including preparation and harvest techniques and the promotion and utilization of traditional medicines
  • f) Media
  • Indigenous media projects and programs

  • Video and film
  • The arts
  • Radio
  • Journalism
7. Promotion of Rights
  • Concept of the United Nations
  • Indigenous Peoples and the UN system
  • UN complaint channels
  • Other complaint channels
8. Collective global responsibilities as Earth Peoples
Regardless of our culture or nationality, we are all peoples of this Earth. Therefore we all have a collective responsibility to promote global cooperation to reverse current unsustainable trends. This ethos will ensure that the earth, its natural systems, and cultures will continue for generations to come.
  • By collectively exploring and implementing solutions and alternatives
  • By promoting human and natural rights