Indigenous peoples in Guatemala
Some 60 percent of Guatemala's population is made up of indigenous peoples - that is more than 6 million inhabitants.
The Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala are the:
The indigenous population continue to lag behind the non-indigenous population in social statistics: they are 2.8 times poorer and have 13 years’ less life expectancy; meanwhile, only 5 percent of university students are indigenous.
The human development report from 2008 indicates that 73 percent of the indigenous population are poor (as opposed to 35 percent of the non-indigenous population), and 26 percent are extremely poor.
Indigenous participation in the country’s economy as a whole accounts for 61.7 percent of output, as opposed to 57.1 percent for the non-indigenous population.
Guatemala voted in favour of the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007 and ratified ILO Convention 169 in 1996.