Ensuring the rights of indigenous children

Innocenti Digest 11

Ensuring the rights of indigenous children
  • Format
  • Coordinator(s)
    • Miller, Michael;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2004
  • Pages
    • 32
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 324U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


Around the world, in rural and urban areas alike, indigenous chilldren frequently constitute one of the most disadvantaged groups, and their rights - including those to survival and development, to the highest standards of health, to education that respects their cultural identity, and to protection from abuse, violence and exploitation - are often compromised. At the same time, however, indigenous children possess very special resources: they are the custodians of a multitude of cultures, languages, beliefs and knowledge systems, each of which is a precious element of our collective heritage. As this Digest discusses, the most effective initiatives to promote the rights of indigenous children build upon these very elements. Such initiatives recognize the inherent strength of indigenous communities, families and children, respect their dignity and give them full voice in all matters that affect them.


Thematic area

Rights of the Child   / 


child protection   /  children's rights   /  children's rights violation   /  indigenous children   /  right to adequate standard of living   /  right to care and protection   /  right to culture   /  right to health and health services   /  right to survival and development   /  rights of indigenous children   /