Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Indigenous Perspectives of Sustainable Development

  • Yvonne N. VizinaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_17



Indigenous perspectives of sustainable development originate with Indigenous peoples within local traditional territories, are based in ancestral wisdom, and support continued self-determination. Indigenous perspectives are often holistic, including intellectual insight, knowledge of physical implications of decision-making and actions, spiritual considerations, and community-based value systems and protocols. Social, economic, and environmental elements of sustainable development are embedded within Indigenous perspectives of sustainable development.


There are millions of Indigenous people comprising distinct culture groups around the world, each with their own worldview and approach to sustainability. In 2015, it was estimated that there were approximately 390,000,000 to 430,000,000 Indigenous people in some 90 countries around the world (FAO 2018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil