Throughout history, the word “unequal” or “inequality” has become common rhetoric between peoples and their governments and between state governments when they discuss income inequality and resources. Over the last century and as a result of environmental degradation, genocide, and more recently COVID-19, the lesser discussed inequalities between Indigenous Peoples and their Nations and States around the world has worsened. Indigenous Peoples and their Nations are often neglected in key discussions that can offer remedies and solutions to the challenges that take place in their traditional homelands and areas where their cultures flourish.
In response to the growing necessity for these inequalities to be remedied and for a more inclusionary approach to global dialogue, CNS was formed in order to create a space to allow these vital discussions to take place. Although different attempts have been made to form the Congress of Nations and States, in 2019 a committed group of individuals began the task of creating the platform that has continued to evolve and emerge.
The origins of CNS was conceived as a regular international process responding to the recommendations of the International NGO Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas (September 20-23, 1977 Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland) the adoption of the International Labor Organization Convention 169 in 1989 and the then in process Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in process of being submitted to the UN Human Rights Council by the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations