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Founding Signatories
  • James O’Dea – Author
  • Stephen Dinan – The Shift Network
  • Glenn Parry – SEED Graduate Institute
  • Philip Hellmich – Summer of Peace
  • Claudia Sobrevilla – Environmentalist
  • Bruce Lipton – Author
  • Nina Meyeroff – Children of the Earth
  • Diane Williams – Source of Synergy Foundation
  • Barbara Fields – Assoc. for Global New Thought
  • Kathy Gardarian – Qualis International
  • David Gershon – Empowerment Institute
  • Deborah Moldow – World Peace Prayer Society
  • Lynnea Lumbard – New Stories
  • Gordon Dveirin – The Claritas Institute
  • Ocean Robbins – The Food Revolution Network
  • Rinaldo Brutoco – World Business Academy
  • Rick Ulfik – We, The World
  • Terry Patten – Bay Area Integral

Humanity faces a time in our evolving story when we must harvest our deepest collective wisdom in order to survive and even thrive as a healthy, peaceful and sustainable planetary civilization.

In the course of humanity’s journey we have many great achievements to celebrate and honor but we have to acknowledge what has been misguided, damaging to each other and harmful to all life. It is time for healing and a new beginning.

Great skill is now needed to reconnect the bonds of our collective interdependence on behalf of all of Earth’s diverse peoples and cultures and to restore an original contract with our planet’s eco-system and its intricate design for all life.

We cannot evolve skillfully at this vital juncture in our collective story if we fail to integrate the teachings of our wisdom keepers.

Both reason and conscience require that the precious wisdom of Earth’s Indigenous peoples be fully acknowledged. Their skillful ways of living in harmony with Nature and its laws have too often been marginalized and ignored.

Humanity has paid a great price for destructive actions committed against Indigenous peoples. In the name of religion, profit and progress, some of humanity’s greatest knowledge about the interrelationship of all life forms has been placed in jeopardy.

Increasing numbers of people now recognize the importance of supporting the transmission of this essential wisdom.

It is in this spirit of deep recognition and appreciation for the value of Indigenous wisdom that we, the signatories to this declaration, hereby proclaim our commitment to the following:

Apology is due to Indigenous peoples for the suppression and violation of their cultures and ways of being. We invite communities, institutions, local authorities and governments to formally and informally offer sincere apology for past actions that resulted in cultural oppression and denigration.

Responsibility for past violations, wounding and discrimination must be expressed in truthful historical narratives and educational materials. We recommend the formation of local and national initiatives to take responsibility for the past and explore the nature of Indigenous wisdom. We encourage support for the production of a wide array of accessible media and curricular materials to set the record straight and ensure the accurate and appropriate transmission of Native wisdom teachings.

Reconciliation must be sought so that healing may occur between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We call on representatives of public and private institutions to seek ways to engage in meaningful acts and processes of reconciliation through ceremony, presentations and gatherings.

Collaboration in multiple contexts relating to health, environment, sustainable economies and educational opportunities will constitute an essential dimension of expressing sincere apology, acknowledging responsibility and fostering reconciliation. To these ends we encourage collaboration with Indigenous communities and institutions to optimize our collective learning and healing in this pivotal time for all humanity.

We, the undersigned, pledge our commitment to these ideals and the promotion of concrete actions to support respect for Indigenous peoples, a shared partnership for life on Earth and the transmission of our collective wisdom:

Signed by:
573 - Lisa Edelhoff Nelson, Flanders, NJ, United States 574 - Colleen Berg, Bellingham, WA, United States
575 - Kathy Kennedy, Llano, TX, United States 576 - Jeane Rhodes, Lakewood, CO, United States
577 - Margaret Horton, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 578 - Rita Edwards, Onteal, Non-USA, Canada
579 - Gertrude t Hall, Addison, NY, United States 580 - Nina Quinn, St. Catharines, Non-USA, Canada
581 - jo Koch, Santa Rosa, CA, United States 582 - Sarah Hanuske, Anchorage, AK, United States
583 - Amruth Mangalappalli, Thrissur, Kerala, Non-USA, India 584 - christina andrén, Djurhamn, Sweden
585 - Joan Fumetti, Windsor Heights, IA, United States 586 - melitta otter, amari, Greece
587 - constancr blood, sebastopol, CA, United States 588 - Molly Harala, Surprise, AZ, United States
589 - nancy cannon, lexington, MI, United States 590 - Justin Turrentine, San Diego, CA, United States
591 - Loriann Auswald, Waterloo, Non-USA, Canada 592 - wilma bot, Cadzand, Netherlands
593 - Julie Talbott, Chatsworth, CA, United States 594 - K. Risinger, Chicago, IL, United States
595 - Onewfree Starsky, Minneapolis, MN, United States 596 - Susan Fincher, Memphis, TN, United States
597 - Douglas McNeill, Greenbelt, MD, United States 598 - Lee Dalton, Perth, Non-USA, Australia
599 - Patricia Lawrence, Palo Cedro, CA, United States 600 - christa Ortman, san anselmo, CA, United States
601 - Peg Carter, Carrollton, TX, United States 602 - christina Omorochoe, toronto, Non-USA, Canada
603 - Sidney Moonchild, Groton, NY, United States 604 - Robin Goff, Baldwin, KS, United States
605 - christina Omorochoe, toronto, Non-USA, Canada 606 - Nancy Lee, Yarnell, AZ, United States
607 - Tik Wai Yeung, Shamshuipo, China 608 - christine jones, Duluth, MN, United States
609 - Sidney Moonchild, Groton, NY, United States 610 - Lynda Terry, Yellow Springs, OH, United States
611 - Nahid Mokhtari, Topanga, CA, United States 612 - Dawn Gariano, Mt. Royal, NJ, United States
613 - sabine mandl, austria, Non-USA, Austria 614 - Nancy Gosse, Lindsay, Non-USA, Canada
615 - Miriam Shaw, Las Vegas, NV, United States 616 - elizabeth herald, incline village, NV, United States
617 - Bill McKenzie, Redmond, WA, United States 618 - Suzanne Morris, Faber, VA, United States
619 - Brenda Forbes, St George, UT, United States 620 - Rosa Montague, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
621 - Russ Faure-Brac, Bolinas, CA, United States 622 - Michelle Moses, Johannesburg, South Africa