· We have a good legal structure, rights for indigenous peoples and women; and legislation that has been modernized and updated to ensure their rights, he said.

· Indigenous peoples have the government and the president as an ally who will accompany the effort of their transformation and development, he said.

· In Mexico, our indigenous origin is part of our national identity and the pride we have in our roots, he said.

· He led the Commemoration of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that the government is working to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are not a “dead letter” but fully enforced in the country.

He added: “We have drawn up good legislation and now we face the challenge of being able to make those laws a reality in our society”.

We have a good legal structure, we have rights that are dedicated to indigenous peoples, there are women's rights, legislation that has been modernized and updated to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples and women,” he explained.

As he led the commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the president said that the government is determined, “to ensure that what our legislation stipulates as rights for an entire society is enforced among Mexicans”.

He told members of the various ethnic groups in the country: “They have in the government and the president an ally who will accompany the effort of the transformation and development of our indigenous peoples”.

President Peña Nieto said that in Mexico, our indigenous origin is part of our national identity and the pride we have in our roots. “A great deal of what we have today in our wealth and our cultural diversity comes precisely from our indigenous roots,” he said.

He said that in our country, there are an estimated 15 million Mexicans who are recognized as indigenous and fully assume themselves as part of the original peoples of Mexico.

At the event, held at the Mazahua Ceremonial Center, the president noted that the government has called on the governments of the various states, “To make a common front to address the major social gaps we have and attend vulnerable groups, who face the greatest shortages, extreme poverty and backwardness”.

He said the development, “Which we are called to achieve as a nation, the development we have been seeking  for Mexico and towards which we are moving every day with firm, positive steps, must be available to everyone”.

“The benefits that derive from national development must be available to all Mexicans; no one should be excluded from national development,” he added.

The president reported some of the successes achieved in specific actions for indigenous peoples:

· Over 5,900 works in the Indigenous Infrastructure Program have been developed, to deal with shortcomings in remote communities. These have provided them with drainage, electricity, clean water, shelter and other basic services.

· A record investment of 21.5 billion pesos has been made in infrastructure for indigenous peoples, quite apart from other investments and budgets for general infrastructure works.

· Over one thousand indigenous hostels have been installed, to serve nearly 75,000 children and young people from across the country, which will enable them to, “Achieve their dreams and personal fulfillment tomorrow.”

· 23,000 indigenous productive projects have been supported to benefit the same number of families.

· Eight thousand birth certificates have been delivered to children who had not been registered, and for legal effects, had no identity.

· Support has been provided for 4,100 people who for various reasons, faced justice without the support of adequate legal advocacy, and had been wrongly imprisoned.

Peña Nieto President also mentioned that the government has implemented, “A program to prevent early pregnancy in girls and teenagers, particularly in indigenous areas”.

On his arrival at the Ceremonial Center, the president was greeted with the traditional welcome ceremony of the Mazahua ethnic group.

In the event, dressed in the clothing of this ethnic group, President Peña Nieto delivered supports from the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) programs. He also presented awards to members of the Triqui Boys basketball team, the winners of the Barcelona Basketball Cup 2016.

The President also listened to the Huapango de Moncayo played by the Band and Choir of the Mixe Children in the State of Oaxaca.


Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila said that in the past three years, President Peña Nieto’s administration has invested over 2.887 billion pesos in the indigenous peoples of the state , “An unprecedented, record figure”.

He explained that, in comparison with the first three years of the last administration, this administration has invested 339 percent more, specifically in the state of Mexico, to improve the infrastructure of roads, water, and drainage, and over 247 percent more in resources for the promotion of productive projects in the same state. "That's where you can see the affection. And the commitment of the president,” he said.

Eruviel Avila said that the Sponsor an Indigenous Child  Program, created by the president, has increased,  as a result of which, this month grant number 10,000 will be awarded to an indigenous child.

He also noted that the Intercultural University, founded by President Peña Nieto, has invested over 100 million pesos in equipment, laboratories, and the intercultural health clinic in recent years, thanks to the president’s support. “We also are committed to the education of our indigenous peoples, because education is a trigger for development," he declared.


Director General of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) Nuvia Mayorga Delgado said that the indigenous peoples of Mexico are more visible than ever. They are visible because President Peña Nieto, “Has made this celebration a top level meeting”.

”Your presence and the government’s actions enforce the indigenous population’s rights to bring them closer to fulfilling their dreams,” she said, adding that, “The government understands, cares for and serves the indigenous population”.

She said that in order for the indigenous population to live in a society of rights, the Commission has signed agreements with the Interior Secretariat: one to promote and guarantee the right to identity in the indigenous population, and one to implement the new Criminal Justice System.

She declared that today, there are still people who have remained invisible to society and the government because of the lack of a document identifying them as Mexican and enabling them to enforce their rights, such as a birth certificate.

She added that the federal government’s release of prisoners has changed the lives of more than four thousand indigenous people who are now free. To date, support has been provided for 56 indigenous people through the implementation of the new Criminal Justice System, which supports compensation as a means of obtaining freedom. “A society of rights is constructed on the basis of facts, such as those we are seeing," she said.


Flavio Abraham Herrera Herrera, Conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Sonora, said that Mexico is a country with very talented young people with great potential, and welcomed President Peña Nieto’s commitment to “believing in the youth of Mexico and the youth of our indigenous peoples”.

He said that although unfortunately some young people have taken paths that have affected their lives, “Art, fine arts and obviously music have helped improve the quality of life of many of them”.

”Music, having studied in Germany, playing concerts around the world, has totally transformed my life by giving me the joy of sharing special moments like this,” he said.

He urged his indigenous brothers: ”Not to forget your roots, your traditions, your language, and to work hard to achieve your dreams and goals. If you have a project and need support, approach the institutions and rest assured you will be listened to and supported”.