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  • The Origin and Significance of August 1st, the Indigenous Peoples’ Day

    I. From “Fan”, “Takasago-zoku”, “Shanbao” to “Indigenous Peoples” Indigenous peoples are the original owners of Taiwan. Nevertheless since more than four hundred years ago, they have been reigned by foreign regimes and given different names. For instance, during the rule of the Qing Dynasty, indigenous peoples were called “fan”, meaning barbarian. Qing used the term ‘cooked/tamed/civilized fan’ for those who had pledged their allegiance, and ‘raw/wild/uncivilized fan’ to define those people who had not submitted to Qing rule. During Japanese rule, the Japanese government referred to them as ‘fan’ or ‘Takasago-zoku’. During the early period of Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang(KMT) rule, the term ‘shanbao’, meaning ‘mountain compatriots’, was invented. All these terms are discriminatory, stigmatized and invented by the rulers. Indigenous peoples themselves did not have the right to determine their own names. Since 1984, there have been people claimed to rectify the term ‘shanbao’ to ‘indigenous people’. On December 29th, 1984, a group of indigenous intellectuals established the very first indigenous rights advocacy group and named it ‘Association for Advancing Taiwan Indigenous People’s Rights’. With the term ‘indigenous people’, which was selected and decided by indigenous people themselves, this term came up with the hope to get rid of the stigma and made the request to the mainstream society to recognize the fact that indigenous people are the original owners of this land and they refuse to be colonized anymore. After that, The Declaration on the Rights of Taiwan Indigenous People was issued in 1987 to proclaim indigenous people’s status and rights. A highly converged consensus on the claim for the rectification of name among the indigenous society has become the core demand of the indigenous constitutional amendment movement. On April 15th, 1991, indigenous people raised their first protest demonstration for name rectification during the National Assembly amended the Constitution for the first time. At that time, indigenous peoples strongly demonstrated their collective willpower on demanding to rectify their name with the term ‘yuanzhumin’ referr

  • The Council of Indigenous Peoples Would Raise the Salary of Social Workers in Indigenous Peoples Residence Center Since 2020

    In order to implement the policy of “strengthening social safety network”, we must rely on social workers to act as the promoters of social welfare services. In the next year, the Council of Indigenous Peoples would continue to promote the Indigenous Peoples Residence Center Plan and comprehensively inspect the working conditions and vocational safety of social workers. From 2020, the salary of social workers in the Center will be increased in an all-round way. The starting salary will be NT $34,916. In addition, the salary based on the service seniority can be up to NT $41,899. Furthermore, we would work with the Ministry of Health and Welfare to promote the institutionalization of social workers’ salaries, comprehensively review the work contents of social workers, avoid the situation of unequal pay for the same work, consider the remote location of the indigenous villages, the higher traffic safety and cost compared with the general social workers, and raise the work risk subsidy to NT $1,500, so as to substantially take care of each social worker in the Center. In addition, the promotion of social work required the concerted efforts of the public and private sectors. In order to encourage and train private organizations to invest in the social welfare related matters of the Indigenous Peoples, the employer would be given full subsidies for the labor and health insurance premiums that should be borne by the employer and the provision for pension reserves in order to reduce the financial burden. The Council adhered to providing welfare services that were appropriate, mutual, diverse, immediate, and integrated for indigenous people, and promoted the local welfare service system of the Indigenous Peoples with cultural context and regional differences. The Council hoped to lead non-governmental organizations to pay attention to the labor rights and interests of social workers through policies, establish a full-time and long-term workplace environment, inherit professional practical experience, and make social workers eager to provide services, so as to protect the social welfare rights of indigenous people. It was hoped that in the future, it

  • Deputy Director Wang, Ming-Hui of the Council of Indigenous Peoples Attended the Opening Ceremony of Pingjing Bridge, Ren’ai Village, Nantou County to Ensure the Traffic Safety of the Tribe

    In order to ensure the traffic safety of Pingjing Tribe, Ren’ai Village, Nantou County, the Council of Indigenous Peoples subsidized Nantou County Government and Ren’ai Village Office to handle the improvement project for Pingjing Village. Deputy Director Wang, Ming-Hui of the Council, Legislator Kung, Wen-Chih, County Magistrate Lin, Ming-Chen of Nantou County, Director General Shi Chiang of Bureau of Indigenous Peoples, Senator Liao, Wen-Hsien of Nantou County Council, Village Head Wu, Wen-Chung of Ren’ai Village, Chairman Kao, Chun-Ming of Representative Council and other local representatives were present at the opening ceremony on December 2nd, 2019. Deputy Director Wang, Ming-Hui expressed that the Nantou 85 Township Road, a road leading to the outside world for Pingjing and Pinghe Tribe of Duda Township, Ren’ai Village, Nantou County was often interrupted due to slope collapse, which made the tribes vulnerable to be isolated from the outside world. The Council actively assisted in the improvement of the tribal disaster prevention and avoidance functions, and subsidized the construction of the Pingjing Bridge, including the construction of the bridge and the improvement of the approach road and the connecting road. A total of NT $113.83 million was approved. The Pingjing Bridge was completed and opened to traffic today (2). Deputy Director Wang further said that the opening of the Pingjing Bridge could not only connect the Provincial Highway 14A of Taiwan to play the function of disaster prevention of the alternative roads outside the tribe, the tribal people no longer need to worry about the interruption of Nantou 85 Township Road and they had one more safe road to go home. At the same time, it could also connect the agricultural farming areas, making it easier and safer for the indigenous people to travel back and forth for farming. The Council would always stand on the needs of the tribe and actively assist in public construction. Business Undertaker: Huang, Wen-Chi Technician TEL: (02)8995-3274

  • Director Icyang of the Council of Indigenous Peoples Visited the Special Industrial Strongholds and Channels in Taichung City and Huadong New Village

    Icyang·Parod, the Director of the Council visited Huadong New Village in Taichung and learned about the establishment of special strongholds and channels for indigenous fine goods in Taichung today (12th). Director Icyang headed for Guangfu New Village to listen to the implementation situation of “Establishment Plan of Special Strongholds and Channels for Indigenous Fine Goods in Taichung” and then stated that: in order to implement President Tsai, Ing-Wen’s policy of “strengthening the support network between the urban indigenous people and the indigenous villages to create a fair development opportunity”, the Council invested NT $50 million to activate the Guangfu New Village, build a business circle with consumption strength, and activate and smooth the sales and marketing channels through the establishment of the strongholds for fine goods of neighboring indigenous villages, so as to promote the employment opportunities of the indigenous people, and improve the visibility of brands and commodities. After visiting Huadong New Village in Wufeng District in the afternoon to understand the progress of the project, Director Icyang pointed out that in the early stage, the government regarded the gathering of urban settlements of Indigenous Peoples as a violation of the construction, resulting in the opposition between the government and the tribes. In order to implement President Tsai, Ing-Wen’s policy of attaching great importance to the right of residence of urban Indigenous Peoples, the Council actively strove for a special budget of NT $180 million for the “Forward-looking Infrastructure Construction Plan” to promote the “Construction of Urban Tribes of Indigenous Peoples”. A total of about NT $46.42 million was spent on public facilities in Huadong New Village and Ziqiang New Village in Taiping District and Wufeng District, Taichung City for the improvement of community roads, drainage, lighting and landscaping facilities. The construction of the two settlements started on May 28, 2019. At present, the houses were re-built in Tzu Chi. In the end, Director Icyang stressed that the Indigenous

  • 2019 the 2nd Misa Kani’ Manual Brewing Festival of Fakong Tribe, Amis in Hualien

    The 1st Misa Kani’ Manual Brewing Festival of Fakong Tribe, Amis in Hualien was themed at “Drink Magnificent and Tasteful”. In order to continue and strengthen the manual brewing technique of Misha Kane’ of Fakong Tribe and to reappear its charm, the 2nd Festival was grandly held today (9th) in Fengbin National Primary School of Hualian County. Icyuan Parod, Director of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, came to congratulate personally and hoped that the good habit of drinking by the Amis would help the public to understand the drinking method of the Amis in daily life and the sacred significance of drinking in Qataban, so as to promote the fine drinking culture of the Indigenous Peoples. According to the Director Icyang of the Council, wine brewing was very important for the cultural shaping of the Indigenous Peoples in Fengbin Township, Hualien County. From the past, women’ different wine brewing technologies for the sacrifice and Qataban formed the diversity and content of wine brewing in Fengbin Township. Through cultural inheritance, recording wine brewing methods, and supporting the wine brewing industry of each tribe, the culture of planting and collection of the whole primary industry was linked to form a cultural industry value-added model with culture and industry. Director Icyang further said that the first wine brewing festival had achieved fruitful results, which had made wine brewing culture gradually valued. In order to continue the inheritance of wine brewing culture, the Council would spare no efforts to continue to support the activities of wine brewing culture. At the same time, in September of this year, the Council also approved the “Preliminary Planning of the Amis Wine Brewing Culture Demonstration Area in Fengbin Township.” Through this plan, we would reshape the traditional brewing culture, combine with the complete industrial chain of the traditional planting, collection and traditional plants of the Amis, construct the Amis Wine Brewing Culture Demonstration Area in Fengbin Township, and create opportunities for attracting the youth of Indigenous Peoples to return to their hometown, so as to

  • The Council of Indigenous Peoples Participated in 2019 ITF Get to Know the Four Theme Tours of Tribes of Indigenous Peoples!

    In order to promote the tourism of Indigenous Peoples and create the brand image of utan’e Ho mimimiyo, the Council of Indigenous Peoples had planned four major themes in the 2019 ITF, including “Tribal Craft Feast”, “Fun Tour between Mountains and Seas”, “Nature’s Refrigerator” and “Seasonal Tourism”. The Council invited Culture Development Center of Indigenous Peoples, Yilan County Datong Township Tourism and Leisure Industry Development Association, Ainan’ao Ecotourism Development Association of Yilan County, Nashan Nagu Co., Ltd., Hualien County Zhuoxi Village Gufeng Community Development Association, Bagao Tea Garden Association, Chiayi County Alishan Village Chashan Community Development Association, Hualien County Fengbin Village Jingpu Community Association, Hsinchu County Naluo Leisure Agriculture Development Association, Pingtung County Tjukuvulj Coffee Production Cooperative, Ren’ai Village Meiyuan Tribe Tourism & Industrial Culture Association and Ubake Art Space to IFT and share their funny and homelike tribal tourism. The “Tribal Craft Feast” started from the tribal crafts. The beautiful traditional crafts of the Indigenous Peoples were the most precious treasures. We invited the people to know the traditional wisdom of the tribe, make DIY by hand, and immerse in the cultural feast; “Fun Tour between Mountains and Seas” was based on dynamic travel, tourists could away from the hustle and bustle into the indigenous countryside, breathe fresh air in the mountains, wander along the beach to listen to the sound of waves, shuttle between mountains and sea to enjoy the beautiful scenery for a moment of rest; “Nature’s Refrigerator” was based on the raw materials of the Indigenous Peoples, and the Indigenous Peoples was self-sufficient. They went up the mountain to hunt and fish in the sea. Nature was the most natural refrigerator of the tribe. It would take you to know the food materials of the tribe and the harmonious relationship between the tribe and the land; “Seasonal Limit” was a seasonal tour with traditional festivals

  • Icyang, the Director of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Went to Yuli Town, Hualien County to Explain the Subsidies

    In order to make tribal leaders and indigenous people in Yuli Town, Hualien County understands the subsidy situation of the Scheme initiated by the Council, the Director of the Council, Icyang. Parod led colleagues and the Council members to explain to the Mayor, the leader, indigenous people and public representatives, and had a discussion. Director Icyang expressed that President Tsai, Ing-Wen attached great importance to the promotion of long-term care for Indigenous Peoples. In April 2017, when the Director convened the meeting between the Council and the Health and Welfare Department, he specially instructed that more fund should be invested in the establishment of Culture & Health Station by the Council and raised the salary of the attendants from NT $27,000 to NT $33,000. Credited to the salary rise, we encouraged the indigenous people who worked outside to return to their hometown and work as attendants, cultivated the local professional attendants, implemented government’s policy of promoting long-term care to promote employment and stabilized the care service for elders. At the same time, to improve the facilities and environment of the Culture & Health Station, the Director budgeted for subsidies, especially for forward-looking infrastructure projects. The education, culture, economic development, social welfare and public construction needed by the tribe were all important policies and promotion businesses of the Council, according to the Director of the Council. From 2016 to now, the Council had subsidized a total of NT $162.72 million for Yuli Town, Hualien County, to promote the handling of festival and ritual activities, the marketing of Yuli rice, the construction of Culture & Health Stations, the improvement of public facilities and the maintenance of infrastructures, and would continue to promote the cultural rejuvenation, economic development and infrastructure improvement required by the tribe to create safe and beautiful home. Business Undertaker: Technical Specialist Ku, Chi-Min TEL: (02)8995-3278; 0932236643

  • Opening Reception of Chi Yi Fa Lai Design Company The Council of Indigenous Peoples Helped the Indigenous People to Realize Their Dreams with “Million Development Fund for Entrepreneurship for Local Indigenous People”

    In 2019, Chi Yi Fa Lai Design Company, a well-trained entrepreneurial team under the guidance of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, held an opening reception today (2). Many people on site shared the joy with their friends. Priest Ting of the Qingquan Tribe also prayed for the company, and the Geleburg Orchestra of the tribe was also invited to perform songs and offer blessings. Director Wang, Mei-Ping of the Economic Development Department of the Council also came to congratulate. Chang, Hsiu-Wen, the founder of the company, was an Atayal people from Qingquan Tribe, Wufeng Township, Hsinchu County. She had been engaged in flower design for more than 10 years. As a professional florist, Hsiu Wen had been full of enthusiasm and confidence in her work, and also hoped that she had the ability to give back to the tribe. With such a belief, she participated in the mentoring and entrepreneurship plan this year, won a NT $1 million start-up fund and six months of professional mentoring, and established a company with her nephew who had a professional interior design talent. In the future, she hoped to work with the tribal people to integrate the talent cultivation and resources of the tribe, improve the company’s service process and service projects, expand the consumer base and establish a professional design team with characteristics of the Indigenous Peoples. According to the Council, the Tutoring & Lean Entrepreneurship Scheme started from the three key points of “economic foundation”, “cultural inheritance” and “environmental sustainability” to help ethnic groups to enhance energy as the starting point of entrepreneurship through the training of knowledge and skills, innovative thinking, and value-added application of modern science and technology in traditional and characteristic cultures of Indigenous Peoples; In the past five years, the Council had successfully tutored 100 start-up teams. In the story of each entrepreneur, they also dedicated to caring for the tribe, jointly promoting the prosperity of the tribe, making the tribal environment and industry develop in a sustainable way, and achieving the concept of

  • President Tsai Visited Bafu Yishan Culture & Health Station in Xincheng Village, Hualien Expecting the Implementation of Long-term Care System in Every Corner of Taiwan

    Accompanied by Director Icyang‧Parod, Legislator Hsiao, Mei-Chin and Legislator Chen, Ying-Li, President Tsai, Ing-Wen supervised Bafu Yishan Culture & Health Station this morning (1st) to learn about the status quo of long-term care service in Culture & Health Station and the reconstruction of forward-looking infrastructure plan. Upon the arrival of President Tsai, the elders of Culture & Health Station warmly welcomed her visit with a warm dance and the Chairman of Bafu Yishan Culture & Health Station introduced the forward-looking infrastructure reconstruction, the long-term care situation of elders and the local caring modes. During the visit, the President listened to the elders’ sharing of their life in Culture and Health Station, understood their care needs, and then accompanied them to have a meal together and enjoy the traditional nutritious food of the local people. President Tsai said that shortly after taking office, she went to the Tafalong Tribe in Hualien County and heard that the elders of the tribe expressed that the indigenous tribe really needed long-term care. So with the government’s Long-term Care Policy 2.0, the promotion of care for indigenous people was accelerated, the growth of the budget increased by 10 times, so more indigenous elders could receive perfect care in their familiar environment. President Tsai also expressed her special thanks to attendants of Culture & Health Station for their love and patience and for assuming the important first-line care responsibilities of the society. This job was trustworthy and respected. Therefore, their salaries should be relatively increased to make their lives free of worries. Attendants took care of the elders, and the state should also take care of these attendants. In the next stage, we hope that the young people of the tribe could participate in the local and indigenous tribal industries, so that more young people could return to the tribe. The Director of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Icyang, said that since the promotion of the Culture & Health Station Plan, thanks to the attention of President Tsai, the Executive Yuan approved the 10-year Lon

  • “See the World, Safeguard the Tradition, Shake the Future” Seminar on Social Welfare Policy and Practice of Indigenous Peoples in 2019

    In order to enhance the public’s attention to the issue of social welfare of Indigenous Peoples, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (hereinafter referred to as the Council) held the Seminar on Social Welfare Policy and Practice of Indigenous Peoples at the NTUH International Convention Center on November 16. According to the agenda, there would be special seminars, posters and papers, as well as exhibitions related to industries of Indigenous Peoples. Nearly 250 participants from the different industries, governmental agencies and academic units would come together to discuss the future development direction of social welfare policies of Indigenous Peoples. Deputy Director Iwan Nawi said that the seminar specially invited keynote speakers with forward-looking discussions on health and sanitation, social welfare, employment safety, etc. to make special reports. From the practical point of view, and through dialogue and exchange with government units, academic departments and non-governmental organizations, the three participants put forward suggestions and future directions to promote the right to health of the Indigenous Peoples, explore ways to shorten the gap between the average life expectancy of the Indigenous Peoples and that of all the people, ensure the right to work of the Indigenous Peoples, and increase the number of the employment opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, develop vocational training in line with the trends of the times, realize the welfare rights of the Indigenous Peoples, understand ethnic groups and gender, and understand the professional and cultural capabilities of the social workers of Indigenous Peoples. The theme of this seminar was “See the World, Safeguard the Tradition, Shake the Future - eliminating the inequality of social welfare, health care and employment among the Indigenous Peoples”. A keynote speech on the development of culturally sensitive social welfare policies was conducted. The symposium included the health inequality, social security policy, employment service and intensive action of Indigenous Peoples. There were also 15 poster papers on the spot. Through the overview of the existing social welf