Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Indigenous Peoples, Mother Earth and Spirituality

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Indigenous Peoples, Mother Earth and Spirituality

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At the Rio Earth Summit, in 1992, the leaders of the world recognized the knowledge and capacity that Indigenous Peoples possess to manage, in a sustainable way, natural resources and fragile environments. For Indigenous Peoples, respect for Mother Earth, other life-sustaining resources, nature and all living beings is part of the traditional values, which are to be perpetuated. This perspective also includes the well being of present and future generations.

In this context, the Fetzer Institute and the Earth Council considered relevant to join efforts and organize a series of consultations with Indigenous Spiritual Leaders of the Americas, in order to motivate and reinforce a process which focuses attention on the links between the Environment, Spirituality and Indigenous Rights. The process takes into consideration their spiritual beliefs, their close relationship with nature, their science and technology, as well as their conservation and restoration skills and knowledge.

A first consultation, Indigenous Peoples, Mother Earth and Spirituality took place in San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 27 to 31, 1996. Spiritual leaders and Elders gathered from different parts of the Americas to initiate a journey to strengthen Indigenous Peoples among themselves and consolidate their capacity to influence decision-making mechanisms. …

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