We welcome you to the Roll Call of Nations section of Dialogue Between Nations.

The menu stones will lead you to knowledge resources where you will be able to gain insight into the lives of individuals "whose existence must not be admitted". Here you will learn more about these international actors, their landscapes, their Nations, their issues, and their actions.

Knowledge Building

Roll Call of Nations is a knowledge base where you will be able to read or listen to the voices of Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals who appear in pre-recorded dialogues, speeches and text, documented over the past fifteen years at conferences and international gatherings on several continents.

This section reflects the situation of Indigenous Peoples, as referred to in the title of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples).


Giichi Nomura

“In the eyes of the government we were a people whose existence must not be admitted. However, you need not worry. I am most definitely not a ghost. I am standing firmly before you."

~ Giichi Nomura, Former Executive Director of Utari Kyokai (Ainu Association of Hokkaido), addressing the United Nations General Assembly, 10 December 1992, at the inauguration ceremonies for the United Nations International Year of the World’s Indigenous People


Statement of Rodolfo Stavenhagen
former UN Special Rapporteur
on the Rights of Indigenous People, on the official recognition
of the Ainu as an indigenous people of Japan
December 30, 2008
The International Movement Against All Forms of
Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)

This is who I am
• I have a name

This is where I live
• This is my world, this is my situation

This is my language
• I speak

These are my stories
• I have something to say

• I want to share my experience with you

These are my issues
• These are my issues, rights and freedoms

• This is what is being done in response to my situation



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