International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples to take place in Kuching on Aug 9-10

Dancers dressed in traditional costumes celebrating Gawai Dayak in this file photo.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 28: Dayak National Congress (DNC), a member of Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF), in collaboration with a coalition of Indigenous People’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs), is hosting the ‘Borneo Chapter of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Celebration 2024′ at ACS, Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre, Jalan Stampin, Kuching on Aug 9 and 10.

According to a press release, the theme for this year’s celebration is “The Role Of Indigenous Women In The Preservation and Transmission Of Traditional Knowledge”.


On the first day (Aug 9), there will be a symposium taking place from 8am to 5pm.

Presenting the papers are two speakers from Kalimantan, Indonesia, two from Sabah and three from Sarawak. The forum will end up with a question-and-answer (Q&A) session.

Meanwhile, the hall next to the symposium will accommodate booths for sales exhibition comprising a collection of artworks from Tribal Cultures and Traditional Knowledge. There will also be on-the-job demonstration of how the artwork is done.

On the second day (Aug 10), there will be a cultural night organised to showcase cultural performances from various indigenous groups, inclusive from Sabah and Indonesia.

The expected participants from Sabah are mainly the members of BDF, Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) and Sabah Native Affairs Council (MHEANS), to be led by Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah and BDF president Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

The Indonesian delegation would comprised members of Majelis Adat Dayak Nasional (MADN) and Dewan Adat Dayak (DAD) to be led by MADN president Marthin Billa.

DNC believes that the event has great potential to create high impact with far-reaching effects and implication particularly on Indigenous Peoples’ unity, sustainability and beyond.

“As the preparation is still a work-in-progress the detailed program could not be furnished yet,” it said.

For further inquiries, please contact the event’s Forum Organising Chairman Dr Tamoi Janggu at +6019-888 2851, Cultural Night Organising Chairlady Diana Octavia at +6016-450 4136, Sabah coordinator Datuk Jalumin Bayogoh at +6014-679 0579, and Indonesia coordinator Agustinus Clarus at +62-813 1754 9499. — DayakDaily