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Indigenous Global Mother Divine Organization: First Nations women's leaders in Canada join global collaboration
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21 November 2010
Two women leaders of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Canada attended the Global Mother Divine Organization's* international women's conference in Fairfield, Iowa in October. One month later, they were keynote speakers at a symposium hosted by AFN during the Canadian government-sponsored 17th Annual Canadian Conference on Global Health in Ottawa.
The women leaders are Kathleen McHugh, Chair of the Canadian Assembly of First Nations Women's Council; and Marie Frawley-Henry, Chair of the AFN Diabetes Working Group.
The symposium, 'Pathways to Global Health through Indigenous Knowledge: First Nations as Custodians of Natural Law in Restoring Healthy, Sustainable First Nations communities', presented Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's health programmes for First Nations communities.
A video clip from Ms McHugh's speech at the Canada symposium was featured during the November Full Moon celebration of the Global Mother Divine Organization. Her beautiful address illustrates the deep impact of the international women's conference on those who attended, said a GMDO leader in introducing the video, as well as 'sincere ownership of both the Global Mother Divine Organization and its significance in transforming the world'.
In her address, Ms McHugh related how the relationship with the Global Mother Divine Organization had developed. 'Last year the AFN met with the Global Country of World Peace and the Global Mother Divine Organization to discuss collaborative efforts in exploring human modalities, and in looking into community development projects to create healthy, sustainable communities for First Nations people.'
She explained to the symposium audience that the Global Mother Divine Organization is the women's wing of the Global Country of World Peace which represents 192 countries. 'The nourishing power of Natural Law is distinctively expressed in the word ''mother'', which is the nurturing and life-giving source of all creation,' she said. 'Mother represents those universal principles and nourishing qualities of nature which support life in the direction of peace, abundance, health, and happiness.'
Ms McHugh and Marie Frawley-Henry were invited by GMDO to attend the conference Restoring Balance: The Indigenous Grandmothers' Call to the Women of the World in October, which featured members of the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and other indigenous women leaders from around the world.
'As mothers of the world,' she said, 'in our mutual concern for life on earth, we are addressing challenges facing many of our communities, through collaborative effort with the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. United in one common purpose, we are dedicated to supporting the rejuvenation, resurgence, and prosperity of our nations and our traditional ways of life, which have upheld balance in accord with Natural Law since the beginning of time.
'We will continue the momentum established at this historic conference by collaborating with the revered indigenous mothers from around the world who hold the knowledge of Natural Law for their ancestral homelands, and for their peoples. As a result of this conference, plans are underway to empower indigenous women through the creation of the Indigenous Global Mother Divine Organization.'
Ms McHugh concluded by saying, 'At this conference we have established deep relations of the heart that will foster the means to achieve our shared goal of restoring inner and outer balance in tune with Natural Law. Our great role is to restore balance and to rebuild healthy, harmonious First Nations communities and unite the hearts of the world.'
Ms McHugh's address at the symposium in Canada was 'very indicative of the response from all of the indigenous mothers who attended our conference', commented the GMDO Administrator of the US at the Full Moon celebration.
Global Good News will feature more about new initiatives of the Global Mother Divine Organization in collaboration with the revered indigenous mothers of the world, in the coming days.
Please see other articles in this series:
∙ 'Cultural integrity: The foundation stone of invincibility of the nation'
∙ 'Revered indigenous mothers of the world: Helping to restore life in accord with Natural Law'
∙ 'International women's conference: Enlivening the inner field of unity and harmony through Transcendental Meditation'
∙ 'Indigenous mothers' experiences with Transcendental Meditation: ''That serenity, that peaceful place brings a balance of wellness'' '
∙ 'Traditional women leaders recommend Transcendental Meditation for young people'
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* 'Mother Divine' refers to the nourishing, evolutionary power of Natural Law lively within all of creation and within the silent consciousness of everyone. The Global Mother Divine Organization, established in December 2007, is the ladies' wing of the Global Country of World Peace in 192 countries.
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