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North America: Turtle Island Foundation - restoring strength to First Nations communities across the continent
by Global Good News staff writer

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15 November 2010

In his symposium keynote address during the 17th Annual Global Health Conference in Ottawa in November, Dr John Hagelin* lauded the concept paper 'Turtle Island Foundation'. The paper was recently developed by First Nations and Native American leaders in cooperation with the Global Country of World Peace.

Turtle Island Foundation aims to restore strength to First Nations communities across North America by means of a five-point plan involving education, health, economic self-sufficiency, culture, and land recovery (more on the plan below).

The introduction to the Turtle Island Foundation Plan reads:

'Since time immemorial, First Nations peoples, as Custodians of Natural Law, have carried out their roles and responsibilities to maintain harmony and balance on ''Turtle Island'' (North America), and have enlivened Natural Law through their cultural traditions, languages, and ceremonies. The Natural Law-based approach, as described in the age-old indigenous Vedic system of knowledge, refers to the home of all the Laws of Nature, the most fundamental level of Nature's Intelligence that is expressing itself in the whole of creation—a worldview that deeply resonates with First Nations teachings.

'The indigenous knowledge from the Vedic tradition, revived in its wholeness by Vedic Scholar Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over the past 50 years, expounds a simple, universal message common to other traditions: enlivening one's inner connection to the source of Natural Law—the source of Nature's intelligence—lays the foundation for a life of health and well-being in tune with Natural Law, wherein the individual accomplishes his/her own goals while contributing fully to the goals of the entire community.'

The Turtle Island Foundation five-point plan builds on the five-point plan presented at Maharishi University of Management's September 2009 Native American Conference. The Turtle Island Plan focuses on restoring strength to First Nations communities across North America by means of:

Education to develop the innate potential of the brain;
Health programmes incorporating indigenous medicinal herbs and Transcendental Meditation;
Economic self-sufficiency through programmes of sustainable energy and organic farming;
Cultural restoration and preservation, including the safeguarding of indigenous languages;
∙ Sufficient land recovery to sustain First Nations and Native American traditional culture and economic self-sufficiency.

'The destiny of America as a whole is linked
to the destiny of its Native People.'
'Indigenous peoples are the custodians of
Natural Law, the law of the land.'

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

* World-renowned quantum physicist Dr John Hagelin is a science and public policy expert as well as Administrator of the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace in the United States.

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