New Zealand delegation at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. New Zealand endorsed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in April 2010.
A Maya family in the hamlet of Patzun, Guatemala, 1993
Indigenous march right to self-determination (2008). Lumads from all over Mindanao march through the streets of Davao City at the end of a three-day conference.
Colorized photograph of an Amis couple in traditional clothing. Taken in pre-World War II Japanese-ruled Taiwan.
Map of Ottoman Empire in 1683
Guatemalan girls in their traditional clothing from the town of Santa Catarina Palopó on Lake Atitlán
Map of territorial changes in Europe after World War I (as of 1923)
Alonso Fernández de Lugo presenting the captured Guanche kings of Tenerife to Ferdinand and Isabella
Map of the world in 1945, showing United Nations Trusteeship Council territories in green
Map with the main travels of the Age of Discovery (began in 15th century).
Western European colonial empires in Asia and Africa disintegrated after World War II
Depiction of a Spaniard entering Chalco with three Tlaxcalan soldiers and an Indigenous porter in the Lienzo de Tlaxcala (pre-1585)
Changes in national boundaries after the end of the Cold War
The arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in Table Bay, South Africa in 1652. Painting by Charles Davidson Bell (1813–1882)
Southern Sudanese expressed joy and jubilation on their day of independence, July 9, 2011, from Sudan.
A map of uncontacted peoples, around the start of the 21st century
Celebration of the Declaration of Independence of Kosovo in 2008
Starting fire by hand, San people in Botswana.
Donetsk status referendum organized by separatists in Ukraine. A line to enter a polling place, 11 May 2014
African Pygmies in Congo
During the 2019-20 Hong Kong protests, calls rose for self-determination by Hongkongers.
Inuit on a traditional qamutik (dog sled) in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.
The first major demonstration in Stepanakert on February 13, 1988. Traditionally considered the start of the Artsakh movement.
A girl wears the traditional Nahua headdress in Yohualichan, Veracruz.
Tuareg rebels in the short-lived proto-state of Azawad in 2012
Quechua woman and child in the Sacred Valley, Andes, Peru
2014 human chain for Basque Country's right to decide
Kalash girls in Pakistan
A girl during the Nigerian Civil War of the late 1960s. Pictures of the famine caused by Nigerian blockade garnered sympathy for the Biafrans worldwide.
Naga people in Northeast India
Protest in Barcelona on 1 October 2018
Marina A. Temina, a native speaker and teacher of the Nivkh language
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, April 2015
Ainu man performing a traditional Ainu dance
Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands Museum in Buenos Aires, 2015
Dayak people in Kalimantan
Gibraltar National Day, September 2013
Sámi family in Lapland, 1936
Pro-independence Hong Kong flag put up before a football match between the Hong Kong Football Team and the China national football team
Aboriginal Australian dancers
Indian soldiers on the streets of Kashmir during the 2016 unrests
Dani people from the central highlands of western New Guinea
Kurdish YPG's female fighters during the Syrian War
The New Zealand delegation, including Māori members, endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010.
Pro-independence rally in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan in September 2017
Indigenous peoples march for their right to self-determination in Davao City (2008).
Atatürk Square, North Nicosia in 2006, with the Northern Cyprus and Turkish flags.
Indigenous protesters from Vale do Javari, one of the largest indigenous territories in Brazil
A republican mural in Belfast showing support for Palestine
"Savages of Mokka and Their House in Formosa", pre-1945, Taiwan under Japanese rule
A Native American woman in traditional dress
Helena Gualinga, an indigenous environmental and human rights activist
Native Americans and their supporters protest during the Washington Redskins name controversy.
Native American dancer of the Save Our Ancestors Remains and Resources Indigenous Network Group (SOARRING) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about indigenous ways of life
A demonstration in Madrid for the independence of Western Sahara, 2007

According to a UN press release it does "represent the dynamic development of international legal norms and it reflects the commitment of the UN's member states to move in certain directions"; the UN describes it as setting "an important standard for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples that will undoubtedly be a significant tool toward eliminating human rights violations against the planet's 370 million Indigenous people, and assisting them in combating discrimination and marginalisation."

- Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In 2007, the UN issued a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to guide member-state national policies to the collective rights of Indigenous peoples, including their rights to protect their cultures, identities, languages, ceremonies, and access to employment, health, education and natural resources.

- Indigenous peoples

Progress was slow because of certain states' concerns regarding some key provisions of the Declaration, such as Indigenous Peoples' right to self-determination and the control over natural resources existing on Indigenous Peoples' traditional lands.

- Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples have claimed through the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples the term peoples, and gaining with it the right to self-determination.

- Self-determination

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, established indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, implying several rights regarding natural resource management.

- Indigenous peoples
New Zealand delegation at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. New Zealand endorsed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in April 2010.

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