The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee

Indigenous Peoples Right to Self-Determination in the Americas

The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) covers a broad discussion of the welfare and human rights of different groups of people, specifically refugees, children, women, and victims of discrimination. This year's SOCHUM committee will be focusing on indigenous peoples in the Americas and their right to self-determination, or the legal right of people to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Indigenous peoples have suffered disproportionately from being blocked this right from nations that own their land and lack of funds to their communities. Ultimately this leads to a high poverty rate, lack of access to education, and few resources that does not let indigenous governments thrive on their own self-reliance.


Bianka Gomez

Olivia Zhao

Stephanie Dinh

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