Bush medicine, traditional medicine, spirit dancing, and countless other healing systems distinguish one people from another–one culture from another. The immense diversity of healing systems reflects the many cultural realities of the worlds thousands of distinct nations. State and international policy tend to standardize health systems at the expense of ancient and enduring approaches to… more
- Oct 29, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
- Oct 6, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
In this space I called attention to the government of Canada and its objection to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document. That document would commit UN Member states to secure the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous nations BEFORE enacting or approving administrative acts, legislation, judicial decisions or policies that have an… more
- Sep 30, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
The Canadian government presents itself to the world as the leading advocate of human rights, promoter of democracy–the country with a heart. Hidden behind this facade is a mean spirited, greedy, criminal organization dedicated to personal wealth, and the destruction of indigenous peoples. Harsh! I hear you say. Well, after more than forty years working… more
- Sep 27, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Locked in a seemingly endless embrace of self-destruction we find the cousin-nations of Palestine and Israel “driven by memory, trauma, and political identity and existential issues” observed Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center. While each of these nations challenges the cultural and political legitimacy of the other serious scholarship informs us that both… more
- Sep 22, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
With the Holy See and Canada opting out of Article 13 and Article 3 (respectively) the UN High Level Plenary Session of the General Assembly today adopted the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document (Resolution A/69.L.1). With about 200 indigenous peoples’… more