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Canada: Plan for sustainable First Nations communities draws inspiration from Maharishi University of Management conference
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20 November 2009
Leaders of First Nations in Canada, as well as Teachers instrumental in offering Transcendental Meditation to First Nations people, attended the September conference at Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) on 'Re-building Healthy, Sustainable North American Indian Communities'. Two First Nations leaders are now preparing a paper to present the concepts of the conference to traditional leaders in both the US and Canada.
One First Nations leader, from New Brunswick, is Mr Tim Paul, Executive Director of the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council. Mr Paul attended the sustainability conference, and has now expressed interest in learning the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme and in becoming a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation. Working with Tim Paul is Mr Nick Paul, a lawyer and Director of Traditional Knowledge, also on the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council, who has been gaining great benefit from the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
They are currently preparing a 50-page strategic planning paper on North American Indian Sustainability—reflecting the theme of the conference at M.U.M., which is located in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The paper outlines sustainability for North America, known traditionally as 'Turtle Island'. It will be presented to the President of the National Congress of American Indians, who also attended the conference; and to the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada.
The paper recommends the implementation of the knowledge and programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in every area of Native American and First Nations life. These include Consciousness-Based Education for schools; the Transcendental Meditation Programme in health care—particularly as it relates to diabetes, but also for other aspects of preventive health; agriculture programmes; and cultural restoration and preservation.
Tim Paul and Nick Paul are also looking into the Maharishi Effect and creating coherence for their communities. 'It will be a historic paper, and we look forward to its completion,' said Dr Christopher Collrin on 18 November.* Dr Collrin is one of the Teachers working to introduce Transcendental Meditation to the First Nations of Canada.
* Dr Collrin spoke on the Maharishi Global Family Chat, which is broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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