Beautiful Children

Fourth World Eye

Artby - Heidi Bruce

  • Diplomacy in the Arctic


    Iceland (one of the few true nation-states in the world) recently initiated and hosted the Arctic Circle – a nonprofit/nonpartisan conference designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Despite its small population of just over 320,000 people, Iceland is geopolitically positioned to exert a… more

  • Never-Fading Flowers


    Amaranth, along with other previously disregarded or banned food staples used by indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica, is receiving increased attention from policy makers, agronomists and nutritionists alike. Amidst global discussions on food security and climate change mitigation, this “never-fading flower”(as its Greek-derived botanical name refers to) is making a persistent re-entry into gastronomic, cultural and… more

  • Praying New Leadership


    Recently, a friend suffering from an autoimmune disease shared a healing anecdote that, while seemingly disparate, lends itself – I believe – to indigenous self-determination. The story was about an indigenous elder who invites a friend – less familiar with indigenous cultures and philosophies – to take a hike to a place where the “veil… more

  • Engaged Self-Determination


    The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held its 12th Session at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, May 20-31.  Tasked with reviewing the implementation of recommendations made at the previous year’s session, the UNPFII was subject to increasing scrutiny as the linguistic and political dust from each day’s meetings settled.… more

  • Still No Consent


    The Arctic Council held its eighth meeting in Kiruna, Sweden this past week.  While news headlines covering results of the meeting have focused on the observer status position that China, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea were granted – as well as the adoption of the Council’s Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution… more

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