The document states that the indigenous people are an autochthonal ethnic community formed on the territory of Ukraine, bearers of original language and culture, has traditional, social, cultural, or representative bodies, is aware of the indigenous people of Ukraine, is an ethnic minority in the population and has no public education outside Ukraine.
The notion of the indigenous peoples of Crimea - Crimean Tatars, Karaites, and Krymchaks - is written separately.
According to the bill draft, indigenous peoples are granted broad cultural, economic, educational, and linguistic rights. So, they can create their own educational institutions, learn in their native language.
They can create their own media. They are given the right to receive funding from their representative bodies from the state budget.
Guarantees are also provided for the legal protection of indigenous peoples from any action aimed at the deprivation of ethnicity, forced assimilation or integration in any form, and protection against racial, ethnic or religious hatred directed against them.
As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova accused Russia of the prosecution of 93 Crimean Tatars on political motives.