Listen to Interview with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. 13 minutes
An historic event happened September 13. The United Nations, after nearly 25 years of work, adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Only four countries voted against the declaration: the Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous Igorot woman from the Philippines, is chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples, and she was at the center of the work of adopting the Declaration.
YES! editor Sarah van Gelder spoke to her in Washington DC shortly after the vote.