#WatchNow: Honoring the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Check out these streaming staff picks featuring stories from the frontlines of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples:

“On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we recognize Indigenous Peoples around the world, and recommit to protect and promote the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“This year, the United Nations highlights the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration addresses the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to self-determination. It also outlines how principles of equality, partnership, and mutual respect must form the foundation of collaborative relationships with Indigenous Peoples.”

Read the Prime Minister’s full statement here and explore our curated collection (below) of streaming films highlighting indigenous voices and perspectives from around the world.


Sacred Water: Standing Rock

Part of RISE: A VICELAND Series.


VICELAND’S RISE heads to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to meet the Lakota and Dakota youth joining forces to protect their sacred water from the ‘black snake’ set to invade their ancestral homeland.

Directed by Michelle Latimer.



RISE: Poisoned River


Rise is a Viceland Series, which examines indigenous life in the modern age and gives viewers a rare glimpse into the front line of indigenous-led resistance. Brazil’s Krenak People struggle to survive in the wake of a massive toxic spill that has contaminated the their drinking water, hunting grounds and culture.

Directed by Michelle Latimer.


The Chocolate Farmer


In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. The film captures a year in the life of the Pop family as they struggle to preserve their values in a world that is dramatically changing around them. A lament for cultures lost, The Chocolate Farmer challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress.

Directed by Rohan Fernando. Produced by Annette Clarke.



Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from Parque Internacional la Amistad


La Amistad, on the mountainous border of Panama and Costa Rica, is the largest protected area in Central America; cooperatively balancing the conservation of its staggering biodiversity with the interests of its three underserved indigenous communities proves a delicate challenge.

Directed and produced by Sara Canals.



Fight for Areng Valley


This film looks into a remote valley in Cambodia, where a group of young monks join the Chong people in a fight to protect their forests, livelihood and heritage from the looming construction of a hydroelectric dam. A part of the Pulitzer Center-supported project of the same title.

Directed by Kalyanee Mam. Produced by Allison Hoffman and Ken Pelletier. A New York Times Op Doc.



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Photo Courtesy VICELAND – Artist Cheyenne Randall