Today marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People to raise awareness and protect the rights of First Nations people around the globe.

This years theme is ‘The Role Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge’.

The United Nations chose the theme to highlight the integral collective and community role First Nations women have as carers of natural resources and keepers of scientific knowledge.

Human rights advocate and Noongar woman, Dr Hannah McGlade from Curtain University is a member of the UN’s permanent forum on Indigenous issues and she will be issuing a message to a United Nations event tonight marking the day.

Dr McGlade spoke to NIRS and says First Nations women hold so much information that is crucial to the identity of us as Indigenous people.

More information about tonight’s event can be found here.