A Sacred Journey to Deep and Meaningful Truth and Reconciliation in the 4th World
I was invited to the Intercontinental Meeting of Indigenous Peoples on Addictions, Culture and Spirituality being planned on November 19 - 28, 2015 in Tarapoto, Peru. I was asked to share my personal story of overcoming addictions, and how it has led to the building of the movement on Indigenous food sovereignty in BC, Canada and beyond.
My friend Luna will come with me to sit in this sacred circle of Indigenous healers from all over the world to explore how her work as a Holistic Health Practitioner meets Indigenous food sovereignty. Tammy Lea Meyer will document the story of our journey, from intention to completion, so we can share with the world the deep wisdom we will receive in Peru.
We have a large rapidly expanding network to share our story with including: friends, families, communities, food systems networks, holistic health practitioners, health agencies, tribal and non tribal governments, NGO’S, researchers and institutions.
Help us acquire the funding needed to actualize our purpose of raising awareness of how Indigenous food sovereignty provides a restorative framework for holistic health and healing. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by November 13, 2015. Your contributions will help us pay for the following costs:
Travel expenses and per diem to the Intercontinental meeting in Peru
Creating media to help share the story - before and after interviews
Stipends for planning and hosting community meetings where will launch our media and share our story in person
What is a 4th World reality?
The 4th world is a term coined by the late Grand Chief George Manuel Sr. in his book titled The 4th World: An Indian Reality. The term describes how sovereign Indigenous peoples live within 3rd world conditions in a 1st world country like Canada.
Many Indigenous peoples live within 3rd world living conditions in Canada's most poverty stricken neighbourhoods who experience high levels of poor mental health, addictions, and stress that is linked to the dispossession from our Indigenous land and food system and the breakdown of tribal social structures. The cultural and economic influences of mainstream society has led to the erosion of cultural strategies for health and wholeness, as well as the lack of culturally responsive healing modalities in the dominant health care system.
In his book titled: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Mate discusses the root causes of addiction as the disconnection from spirit to avoid the pain associated with trauma, stress, uncertainty, and injustice. We feel that ancient Indigenous wisdom and cultural strategies that have persisted into the 21st century can provide some deep healing insight into the very serious issues, concerns, situations, and strategies.
We intend to bring the learnings and healing energy back into our work to help transcend the cross cultural learning tension, and appreciate and inquire into how we can apply ancient Indigenous cultural and spiritual healing wisdom within the 4th world reality.
We also intend to nurture the feminine healing energy within a sacred circle of healers and shamans from around the world, to help address the root causes of addiction, and soften the political edge that is eroding Indigenous food, land, culture, and spirituality.
Travel costs - 2 X $1,000 = $2,000
Podcast - Deep exploration of the use of technology for engaging with Indigenous cultural and spiritual intention and purpose. Identifying most appropriate methodology and process. Video/audio recording ($500) and editing ($500)
Podcast - The story of our learning journey - Video recording ($500) and editing ($500)
Development of media strategy - social media, email listserves, community meetings ($500)
Community Meetings (Vancouver and Interior Region) - Venue, facilitation, and food ($500)
The strength of our work likes in the rapidly expanding network of relationships with compassionate, caring and generous people like you!