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Council of Indigenous Peoples fetes 10th anniversary milestone

The Council of Indigenous Peoples celebrates preservation of aboriginal history and culture through inauguration of library as well as through public ...
The Council of Indigenous Peoples celebrates preservation of aboriginal history and culture through inauguration of library as well as through public ...
Walis Pelin, chairman of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, beams at the inauguration of TV station devoted to the country's indigenous peoples and cu...
Council of Indigenous Peoples fetes 10th anniversary milestone
Council of Indigenous Peoples fetes 10th anniversary milestone
Council of Indigenous Peoples fetes 10th anniversary milestone
The Council of Indigenous Peoples celebrates preservation of aboriginal history and culture through inauguration of library as well as through public ...

The Council of Indigenous Peoples celebrates preservation of aboriginal history and culture through inauguration of library as well as through public ...

The Council of Indigenous Peoples celebrates preservation of aboriginal history and culture through inauguration of library as well as through public ...

Walis Pelin, chairman of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, beams at the inauguration of TV station devoted to the country's indigenous peoples and cu...

The Council of Indigenous Peoples celebrates preservation of aboriginal history and culture through inauguration of library as well as through public ...

This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Indigenous Peoples under the Executive Yuan. From demonstrations in favor of strengthening the rights of indigenous peoples to aboriginal lawmakers, Taiwan's minorities have come a long way.
Aboriginal lawmakers, said Walis Pelin, worked through seven negotiations and five proposals with different political parties before the Council of Indigenous Peoples was finally approved by the Legislative Yuan on Nov. 1, 1996.
In the initial stages, the prime movers led by Walis Pelin managed to reach some milestones despite limited human resources. Since his appointment as chairman of the Council of Indigenous Peoples in March 2005, the council has implemented policies aimed at improving the self-fulfillment of Taiwan's indigenous peoples, strengthening tribal autonomy, implementing self-sufficiency projects, boosting their living standards and preserving aboriginal history and culture. These measures are all meant to promote the development of aboriginal society.
In the past 10 years, the indigenous peoples have tried to address important issues such as shorter life expectancy, diseases, lower education levels, worsening economic conditions and higher unemployment rate within Taiwanese aboriginal society. These problems were caused mostly by the government's unequal treatment of aborigines. With the establishment of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, the government has been giving more importance to aboriginal society and culture. Rebuilding of tribal traditions and values has become an important objective.
The Council of Indigenous Peoples has also laid down measures to enhance the image of indigenous peoples. The issues are complicated but crucial. The 10th anniversary of the Council of Indigenous Peoples is truly a milestone and those behind it will continue the work of reviving indigenous languages, economy and improving living standards to build a promising future for Taiwan's indigenous peoples.


Updated : 2021-04-14 15:20 GMT+08:00