A New Partnership Between the Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Taiwan
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A New Partnership Between the Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Taiwan (Chinese: 原住民族和台灣政府新的夥伴關係; pinyin: Yuán Zhù Mínzú Hé Táiwān Zhèngfǔ Xīn De Huǒbàn Guānxì) is a treaty-like document signed in Orchid Island, Taiwan on 10 September 1999 by the representatives of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan and the then-presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian (who went on to win the 2000 presidential election for the Democratic Progressive Party).
The seven articles in the documents includes:
- Recognizing the inherent sovereignty of Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples
- Promoting autonomy for Indigenous Peoples
- Concluding a land treaty with Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples
- Reinstating traditional names of Indigenous communities and natural landmarks
- Recovering traditional territories of Indigenous communities and Peoples
- Recovering use of traditional natural resources and furthering the development of self-determination
- Providing legislative (parliamentary) representation for each Indigenous People
The document later became the official indigenous policy for the DPP Government. However, as the document was signed before Shui-bian Chen became the President, the efficacy of the document has been contested.
On 2002-10-19, Chen, as the head of state and government, reaffirmed the new partnership between indigenous nations and the Government of Taiwan in a ceremony with indigenous tribal representatives.
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