Declaration of Commitment to Indigenous Peoples

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 (among many others listed at
19 - Donnal Walter, Roland, AR, United States 20 - Mona Polacca, Tempe, AZ, United States
21 - Lorna McLeod, Eureka, CA, United States 22 - Henry Poole, Lafayette, CA, United States
23 - Deborah Aikens, Eugene, OR, United States 28 - Debra DeWeese, Olathe, KS, United States
29 - Lorna Stewart, Sydney, Non-USA, Australia 30 - Paul Andrade, San Leandro, CA, United States
31 - Heidi Robins, Adelaide, Australia 32 - Joany Lawrence, Palmetto, FL, United States
33 - Stewart Allen, Fresno, CA, United States 34 - Joy Biggs, Ontario, Non-USA, Canada
35 - nancy fleecs, north platte, NE, United States 36 - Olympia Terral, Hagatna, guam, United States
37 - Martin Lutz, Koeln, Non-USA, Germany 38 - Shari Doane, Indianapolis, IN, United States
39 - Michael Edwards, Viera, FL, United States 40 - stevee postman, portland, OR, United States
41 - mollie suddeth, munfordville, KY, United States 42 - Eric Knudsen, Portland, OR, United States
43 - Diane Elliot, Roanoke, VA, United States 44 - Linda Schiller-Hanna, Medina, OH, United States
45 - Carolyn Workman, Columbus, OH, United States 46 - Alison Weeks, Portland, OR, United States
47 - Audrey Lewis, Salt Lake City, UT, United States 48 - Kyle Bracken, Marina Del Rey, CA, United States
49 - Eric Roberts, Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 50 - ann hunt, eureka, CA, United States
51 - Tanmayo Lana Lawson, Bribie Island, Non-USA, Australia 52 - Brad Farrant, Perth, Australia
53 - Jaime Yallup Farrant, West Leederville, Non-USA, Australia 54 - Amu Karunesh, Barstow, CA, United States
55 - Tessa Shields, SLC, UT, United States 56 - Maureen Chase, Lowell, MA, United States
57 - kim morris, langley, WA, United States 58 - Bonnie Faith, Cambridge, MA, United States
59 - Patricia Bunnell, Fullerton, CA, United States 60 - Kristie Vasili, Sydney, AK, Australia
61 - Jill English, Westminster, CO, United States 62 - Kathryn Harris, Englewood, CO, United States
63 - Margaret Dayspring, Atascadero, CA, United States 64 - Rosie Bookallil, Mullumbimby, Australia
65 - Ellie van der Est, Rotterdam, Netherlands 66 - Carol Bostick, Concord, CA, United States
67 - Devaa Mitchell, San Rafael, CA, United States 68 - Priyadatshani Pande, Kathmandu, Nepal
69 - Cathy Burchett, Overland Park, KS, United States 70 - Annemarie Colbin, New York, NY, United States
71 - christine cohen emery, montpellier, France 72 - Janyce Lukowski, Schenectady, NY, United States
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

Justine Willis Toms of New Dimensions Radio hosts James O'Dea for "Peace: The Real Game Changer"

A worldwide radio broadcast on Wednesday, September 5 – 11, 2012

(hosted by Justine Willis Toms) Program #3442


It will be airing the week Sept 5 – 11, 2012 (broadcast week begins on Wednesdays) on stations throughout the U.S. and Australia. You can also hear it streaming for free on the New Dimensions website for two weeks beginning Sept 5th or you can download at that time for a small fee. Go to

This interview (#3442) will remain as part of the New Dimensions archive of over 950 other dialogues.  New Dimensions is working in partnership with Stanford University Library to digitize their entire archive of over 6000 hours of deep dialogues with hundreds of the most innovative movers and shakers on the planet.  More hours are added to the archive every week.

Description of the program:

Airing   September 5 – 11, 2012

Peace: The Real Game Changer with James O’Dea

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

•             How a much deeper peace movement is emerging beyond polarities of us versus them

•             How to stop the passing of our cultural wounds from generation to generation

•             How can we deal with the distraction of media clutter

•             How is outer peace related to inner peace

•             How can we build a field for dialogue that goes beyond blame and victimhood

•             What are the positive memes that are going viral

•             How cultivating gratefulness can lead to better health

•             How is the internet changing the dialogue

Program #3442

LISTEN NOW (August 1, 2012)

LINK TO LISTEN (From June 12, 2012 LIVE KPFA Show)

June 15th, 2012: “A Peacemaker’s Guide to Self Realization”  


True Peace demands big changes – and for many of us, that means undergoing an initiatory journey where we open up to new levels of growth, capacity and insight.

But even with the best intentions for peace, you hit up against resistance, fear and old wounds. The status quo and old paradigms and history block you, too; as do old ways of relating to others, which can lead to negativity and conflict instead of compassion and mutual respect.


Nipun Mehta & (formerly Charity Focus) recent inspiring interview with James O'Dea. *Audio, Notes and content below thanks to Nipun Mehta and


Good Radio Shows, Inc. and Peace Talks Radio recently interviewed James on Becoming A Peace Ambassador and it is featured this month along with show excerpts. Thanks to Paul Ingles and Good Radio Shows for this extraordinary program. Click above to link to the streaming page on the GRS site.

Show Excerpts (From GRS website)....

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