NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES – ATTY. PINKY GRACE P. PAREJA
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
THEME: “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”
“Traditional knowledge is deeply rooted in the ways of life of indigenous peoples. Especially, as the ones who continuously deliver and nurture the succeeding generations, indigenous women play a vital role in preserving and transmitting this living body of knowledge.
From the lands that serve as the heart of every culture and tradition, indigenous women act as guardians of these knowledge. They incessantly and actively partake in decision making for the continuance of their peoples’ beliefs and practices. They also promptly confront difficulties for the future of their children and community.
Today, as we celebrate the women in our communities, let us appreciate their strength, purpose and wisdom. To the indigenous women at present, let us be reminded that we are where we are because of the teachings of our ancestors, and we are where we are to continue their missions, one of which is to empower our youths who will soon inherit our ways.”
ATTY. PINKY GRACE P. PAREJA
NCIP Commissioner for Northern and Western Mindanao