National Day of Indigenous Peoples – Learn about Vale's Relationship with Different Communities

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2/11/2020

National Day of Indigenous Peoples – Learn about Vale's Relationship with Different Communities

On February 7, the National Day of Indigenous Peoples – established on June 12, 2008 – was celebrated in honor of the indigenous leader Sepé Tiaraju, who fought against Spanish and Portuguese domination in Rio Grande do Sul from 1753 to 1756. Currently, the indigenous population in Brazil is over 800,000; they speak 274 languages and are distributed in the five regions of the country. Vale values this diversity and relates to 10 indigenous peoples in the country.  

The company aims to establish a relationship of respect for these cultures, their way of life and the environment, seeking to create positive legacies for the population by supporting actions that contribute to their ethnodevelopment. To support these activities, Vale has guidelines for actions involving indigenous peoples and traditional communities that are established in its Sustainable Development Policy, Human Rights Policy, and the Code of Conduct.

These guidelines comply with international commitments and references – they are based on the position of ICMM (International Council for Mining and Metals) on Mining and Indigenous Peoples, ILO Convention 169, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  For the future, Vale aims to strengthen its relationship with indigenous peoples and continue to work in compliance with the human rights and culture of those peoples with which it relates.

Traditional hammock and kitchen built with bioconstruction techniques as part of the Basic Environmental Plan for the Guajajara and Awá Indigenous Peoples in Maranhão
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National Day of Indigenous Peoples – Learn about Vale's Relationship with Different Communities