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Praying New Leadership

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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 [&hellip... more →

Engaged Self-Determination

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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. [&hellip... more →

“We Decide”

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When indigenous nations ask that their knowledge, their territories, their way of life receive the respect that all humans expect they ask that other societies act as mature human organisms. For the better part of eight years, indigenous peoples’ representatives to international climate change talks aimed at forging a new treaty have called on states’ [&hellip... more →

CWIS Monitoring Adaptation Committee

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The CWIS Climate Change Monitor continues to monitor meetings of states’ governments and indigenous peoples throughout the year between sessions of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  The annual December sessions have been disappointing in terms of their productivity since the failure to establish a treaty agreement in [&hellip... more →

Ancient Knowledge Systems and IGC Bioethics

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The UNESCO International Bioethics Committee and the member states of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee commenced the 19th Session of the IBC at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on the 11th and 12th of September to consider the “Draft Report of IBC on Traditional Medicine and its Ethical implications.”  The draft contains numerous flaws and perhaps [&hellip... more →

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