Members of ethnic groups around the globe are observing the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on Friday with the theme ‘Indigenous Languages’.
On December 23, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided in its resolution 49/214 that the day shall be observed on August 9 every year.
This year’s aim is to highlight the critical need to revitalise, preserve, and promote indigenous languages and share good practices through expert, interactive panels and presentation of innovative initiatives on indigenous languages.
In Rangamati, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum’s Chattogram Hill Tracts unit brought out a colourful procession marking the day. Former MP, Ushaton Talukder inaugurated the day by releasing pigeons.
Later, a discussion programme was held with Prakriti Ranjan Chakma, president of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum's CHT region in the chair.
On Wednesday, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett hosted a screening of the documentary film ‘The Song Keepers’ marking the day.
Representatives of Bangladeshi ethnic communities, Bangladesh film industry, human rights activists, local media representatives and diplomats watched the documentary.