It is common knowledge that indigenous people all around the world continue to face great injustices. This statement holds true for among others the Tsimane people of Bolivia to the Aborigines of Australia and the native American Indians. Civilization has shunned the rights of these minorities stemming from land deprivation to social injustices and exclusion. Despite this sad reality, there is still a ray of hope for the indigenous people. We can all play an active role to better the lives of native people. Your small input can really transform these communities. When we all do something, any challenge can be tackled. But what can you do for indigenous people? This article points you to the right direction.
1. Cultivate genuine interest and concern
You have to start by harboring a keen interest for the plight of native people. Start by getting all the relevant information needed. Searching about indigenous people online is a good start. For example, if you do not know about the Tsimane people and their attributes, there are countless resources on the Internet to get you started. You can also read books and watch television that focuses on indigenous people. Better yet, you can reach out to native people near you and talk to them directly. By so doing, you will be in a better position to understand who they are and what they need.
2. Support indigenous causes with both time and money
There are so many causes established to benefit native people. Many of these organizations help natives both directly and indirectly. Donating your money to such organizations will ensure that you participate in making the plight of indigenous people easier. If there are no such causes near you, search online and give virtually; there is no excuse not to donate. Just make sure that the organizations are indeed working on the ground to transform the lives of natives. If you want to give your time, becoming a volunteer is easy. Search for relevant entities where your skill can be put into good use as a volunteer. Doctors, nurses, communication specialists, lawyers and all manner of professionals can give back this way.
3. Consider hiring indigenous people
Finding gainful employment in the indigenous communities is an uphill task for many. To this end, if you are in a position to hire such individuals in your community, you will be making a world of difference. Sometimes, it is hard to find natives who have the required skills sets for a certain profession. You can go a step further by empowering them with the right knowledge and skills. Many natives are willing to learn and work but lack the opportunity to do so.
4. Use social media connections to spread the word
Social media can go a long way in changing perceptions about indigenous people. Use your social influence to spread positive word about native people. Share all the facts that you have learned about these people. Giving this topic the importance it deserves will help the society reconnect with native people. By spreading the word, you will be advocating for a greater cause while dispelling common myths about these communities.
5. Join campaigns about native people
There are numerous campaigns and events organized to help indigenous people raise their voice. Throwing your weight into such campaigns makes a world of difference. You do not have to be a celebrity to make a difference. The power of ordinary people coming together is indeed a powerful force. If there are no campaigns, consider starting one and recruiting your family and friends to join in. Here, you can tackle a myriad of issues from racism to better health care and education opportunities. Do not be silent in the presence of injustice; it is our innate duty to help fellow human beings.
6. Consume products and services by indigenous people
Native people have unparalleled skills in making awesome products mainly by hand. In addition, food by indigenous people can be said to be good for your health. The fact that the Tsimane people have the most healthy hearts in the world should ring a bell. To this end, seek to promote goods and services sold by native people. This way, you will empower their local economy making their lives better. Native cultural events also provide unique fun and learning experiences.