Sister Ellen Cafferty’s excellent presentation to the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues
Congratulations to Sister Ellen Cafferty who gave an excellent presentation at the 13th Conference of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues! Read her talk entitled Self-determination.
I can only speak as an eyewitness to the efforts toward self-determination of the Mayan people, among whom I have lived and labored during 42 of my 76 years.I admit with some embarrassment that I went to Chiapas, Mexico thinking I was goingto teach the people something–after all I was a teacher–but what happened wasthat the people became my teachers. Their lessons were subtle and unintentional, but little by little they came to form for me a different way of thinking, of seeing all oflife in a completely different context than theone into which I had been born and raised.You may ask what all this has to do with self-determination. For me it has everything to do with it, for how can we come to self-determination without knowing who we really are?——————-To read the full presentation click here