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Learn more about what we mean by Documentation, Research and Information

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For the past 30 years, Docip has collected thousands of diverse documents on Indigenous Peoples, including Statements made at international conferences, and have classified, catalogued and made them available online to the public. Our collections include documents produced by indigenous organizations and indigenous or non-indigenous academics, major UN reports on indigenous themes, historical documents, etc. We maintain the documentation on our online database or physically in hard-copy at our Documentation Center (open to the public by appointment) at Docip's HQ in Geneva. Our Documentation collections constitute the collective record and memory of the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples at the international level.


Docip does not conduct academic- or scientific-type research. However, it is possible for us to perform searches on the archived documentation. We perform searches on behalf of Indigenous Peoples-or any other civil society actor-of legal documents, UN periodic reports, international doctrinal texts and legal instruments, practical guides, historical documents and much more! Our understanding of Research involves the action conducted with complete impartiality and neutrality of making a given document available to any indigenous representative or any other civil society actor wishing to attain greater understanding and deeper knowledge of indigenous rights, as well as those wishing to build a case in defence and promotion of these rights.


Docip receives and disseminates information regarding Indigenous Peoples on a daily basis. While maintaining rigor in our management and information processing, Docip acts as an information courier. Information is a source for understanding, for knowledge and for the reasoning process. We therefore understand the term Information to refer to all relevant and authentic sources that are appropriate to disseminate to our users and visitors.