National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Gather round, folks! We're about to embark on a spectacular adventure through the annals of internet history. Say hello to National Indigenous Peoples Day, a beacon of cultural diversity that's taken the internet by storm and, ironically, has enjoyed its most prolific day of mentions on the very American holiday of Thanksgiving, on the 27th November, 2020.

When is Indigenous Peoples Day?

It's national indigenous peoples day on the 27th November.

Feel the Rhythm of Diversity

Launching all the way into the stratosphere of internet fame, National Indigenous Peoples Day rocketed to a whopping 77,480 mentions in a single day on November 27, 2020. Suddenly, everyone and their dog were talking about it! Rib-tickling as it may be, one can't help but appreciate the irony in the fact that the day gathering the most steam was Thanksgiving. For those unaware, this typically American holiday has its roots firmly planted in the early history of European settlers and Native Americans – who could very well have been among the first indigenous people celebrated on this day.

Celebrating More than History

Even as we enjoy the fun side of things (and there’s always a fun side to things at!) we ought to remember that National Indigenous Peoples Day is more than just a day—it's a powerful symbol of recognition for those rich cultures that have long been an integral part of global history. It's a day to not just remember and honour the people, but also to pause, appreciate and learn from the immense wisdom that these cultures impart.

Know Your National Days

Perhaps you're puzzled, struggling to figure out how one random day suddenly shot to fame. Welcome to the quirky wonderland of National days! A magic concoction stirred up on the internet—some parts fun, some parts education, a dash of awareness, a sprinkle of remembrance and a whole lot of community spirit.

So, what's next?

Fret not! Keep your eyes glued to our updates here at for all the juicy details. Until then, here's an interesting tidbit for you. The next time you’re hyping up the joys of Indigenous Peoples Day, remember you’re adding to a grand total of 77,480 mentions... and counting!

History behind the term 'Indigenous Peoples'


Formation of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations

In 1977, the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations was formed. This group was established with the goal of studying the conditions and human rights of indigenous peoples around the world. It became an important platform for discussing indigenous issues and promoting their rights.


Adoption of the United Nations Working Group's definition

In 1982, the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations adopted a definition for indigenous peoples. According to this definition, indigenous peoples are the descendants of the original inhabitants of a given territory, who have retained their social, economic, cultural, and political institutions. This definition aimed to address the unique experiences and challenges faced by indigenous communities globally.


International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples

In 1994, the United Nations declared the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, spanning from 1995 to 2004. During this period, awareness about indigenous peoples' rights increased significantly, and efforts were made to protect their cultural heritage, enhance their economic development, and promote their political participation. This decade marked a turning point in recognizing and respecting indigenous peoples' contributions to society.


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This declaration outlined the collective and individual rights of indigenous peoples, addressing issues such as self-determination, land rights, cultural preservation, and mitigation of discrimination. It represented a significant milestone in international efforts to protect and promote the rights of indigenous communities.


Establishment of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

In 2014, the United Nations proclaimed August 9th as the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This day aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by indigenous peoples and to celebrate their rich cultures, traditions, and contributions to the world. The annual observance serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting and preserving indigenous peoples' rights and heritage.

Did you know?

Did you know that National Indigenous Peoples Day lit up the internet on Thanksgiving 2020 with a gigantic 77,480 mentions, making it a turkey of a celebration?


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First identified

28th July 2015

Most mentioned on

27th November 2020

Total mentions


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