By Documentation, we mean a wide range of documentary sources that constitute the collective record or memory of the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples at the international level. For the past 30 years, Docip has collected thousands of documents, which we have—over the years—collected, classified, prepared and archived (e.g., statements made at international conferences, documents produced by indigenous organizations and indigenous or non-indigenous academics, major UN reports on indigenous themes, historical documents, etc.).
By Research, we mean the action—conducted with impartiality and neutrality—of making available a given document to an 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. It is important to note that we do not conduct academic or scientific research. However, using the archived documentation, we do perform documentary searches on various sources (e.g., legal documents, UN periodic reports, doctrinal texts and international legal instruments, practical guides, historical documents, etc.).
By Information, we mean the receipt and dissemination on a daily basis of data concerning Indigenous Peoples. Acting as an information courier, Docip manages and handles this data with systematic rigour.