CIP reveals year plan to promote aboriginal well-being
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-10 06:03 PM
The cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) office has moved to a new central government complex in Xin-Zhuang of New Taipei City earlier this year and is set to open another new page after internal restructuring.

CIP Minister Lin Chiang-yi stated that it was a fruitful year in Taiwan’s indigenous affairs with the signing of a bilateral free trade agreement with New Zealand (ANZTEC), which lists the fields of cooperations. Also, the CIP has achieved a number of accomplishments including setting up a court exclusively for serving the indigenous people along with a dedicated prosecutor, building four community tribal schools, training 198 baby-sitters who can speak indigenous languages, producing big indigenous musical project "Pu'ing: Tracing the Atayal Route," creating 22,625 new employments for indigenous people, improving the coverage of national health insurance policy to 99.36 percent of the indigenous population, and even securing historical documents regarding Taiwanese aborigines back to the 17th century.

The CIP has also laid out four major working guidelines for this year as below:

First, promote the bills concerning indigenous autonomy as well as indigenous land and sea reservation and management.

Second, start up new plans which promote aboriginal dignity and well-being, including drafting a bill of securing a right to self-determination, a five-year plan for sustainable development for indigenous people, and other economy stimulating plans such as skill-training and job-hunting assistance for indigenous youth.

Third, market Taiwan's aboriginal cultural events and tourism. For example, the CIP is teaming up with China Airlines to launch colored airplanes themed with Taiwanese aborigines.

Last, promote self-identity among different ethnic groups on the island. The CIP will continue to protect these people’s cultural heritage and promote international exchanges.

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