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Canada: Conference on Global Health - 'Pathways to Health through Indigenous Knowledge'
by Global Good News staff writer
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15 November 2010
The three-day 17th Annual Conference on Global Health was recently held in Ottawa, Ontario. Sponsored by the University of Ottawa, the conference drew 450 delegates from 40 countries, representing agencies such as Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, Oxfam, UNICEF, Pan American Health Organization, the International Red Cross, and United Nations Health agencies.
The conference included a symposium hosted by the Assembly of First Nations of Canada. Invited to give the keynote address to the symposium, Dr John Hagelin, world-renowned quantum physicist and Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of World Peace, spoke on 'Pathways to Health through Indigenous Knowledge: First Nations as Custodians of Natural Law in Restoring Healthy, Sustainable First Nations Communities'.
The theme of Dr Hagelin's address was the connection to Natural Law within, to bring fulfilment to every cultural tradition. He pointed out that indigenous wisdom is emerging as a valid scientific principle of vital importance for health.
Referring to the First Nations leaders who had spoken before him, Dr Hagelin said: 'What we have understood today is that the origin of Natural Law is not ''out there'', but rather, the fundamental origin of Natural Law is within, at the very core of everyone, and at the very core of everything. The universe is superficially diverse, but unified at its core.'
First Nations leaders at the conference came from all over North America, in many cases meeting each other for the first time. Some had also attended the Native American conference at Maharishi University of Management in September 2009, and were inspired to learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique. They built on the success of the MUM conference in their presentations at the conference in Ottawa.
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