Wikinews:Water cooler/proposals

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search



Indigenous peoples tag[edit]

I believe Wikinews could benefit from an indigenous peoples category of some kind. First Nations, Native Americans, Australian aborigines and lesser known groups like the Ainu have a great deal in common with respect to their history with colonialism and the current state of their communities. Darkfrog24 (talk) 02:58, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

@Darkfrog24: It's an interesting thought. To make such a cat work, we'd want to plan out
  • inclusion criteria, and
  • a set of keywords that articles would likely link, and would naturally redirect to the cat, thus cuing populating the cat.
--Pi zero (talk) 03:47, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
To toss out some preliminary inclusion criteria, how about the article would have to significantly mention an issue affecting indigenous communities or a person acting as an indigenous person ("Mary Jones happens to be one-quarter Sioux" in an article not otherwise about Sioux doesn't count but "Mary Jones filed a petition on behalf of the Spirit Lake Sioux" would).
Off the top of my head for keywords: Native Americans, American Indians, aborigines, aboriginal, indigenous (though this can refer to species other than humans, so put it as a maybe), First Nations, Native Canadians, Canadian Indians. Darkfrog24 (talk) 10:52, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
We could handle indigenous with a disambig page. --Pi zero (talk) 12:33, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
I think the US Census recognizes Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians as groups of people. —mikemoral (talk) 06:57, 8 October 2017 (UTC)
As a practical matter, how do we decide whether a given group warrants this sort of recognition? Do we categorize articles abound natives in South Africa? Mongolia? We would have to draw a line somewhere, and I'm concerned that drawing it would be highly subjective. Much better, I suggest, to create individual categories for these groups when we have enough articles to do so, and make the general category internal (so it doesn't appear on articles). --Pi zero (talk) 13:19, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
We could use the United Nations' list. Around the time Frozen came out, I remember hearing that the U.N. classifies the Sami as indigenous and that they're the only Caucasians so classified. Darkfrog24 (talk) 11:34, 20 October 2017 (UTC)