Indigenous Peoples

18 Oct , 2019

There is no universally accepted definition of “Indigenous Peoples”. The term “Indigenous Peoples” is used here in a generic sense to refer to a distinct social and cultural group possessing the following characteristics in varying degrees:

  • Self-identification as members of a distinct indigenous cultural group and recognition of this identity by others;
  • Collective attachment to geographically distinct habitats or ancestral territories in the project area and to the natural resources in these habitats and territories;
  • Customary cultural, economic, social, or political institutions that are separate from those of the dominant society or culture;
  • A distinct language or dialect, often different from the official language or languages of the country or region in which they reside. [Source: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 7]
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