The theme of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions is:
“The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change.”
To complement the primary theme and to offer Indigenous spiritual knowledge to the Parliament, the Indigenous Working Group for the 2018 Parliament of World Religions has chosen its theme as:
“Healing Our Mother Earth and the Spiritual Evolution of Humanity”
We invite you offer a workshop, present a panel discussion, be a speaker or feature a presentation that will share your Indigenous knowledge in one of the theme areas of:
1. Creation, Migration and the Original Instructions for Relationships Within Creation
2. The Sacred Feminine
3. Restoring Balance: Climate Change, Traditional Teachings and Prophecies
4. Reclaiming, Protecting and Connecting With Sacred Sites and Repatriation of Sacred Properties
5. Emerging Indigenous Economies
6. Next Generation Youth: Envisioning The Future
Features of the Indigenous Program at the Parliament of the World’s Religions Toronto 2018
The Indigenous Program for the 2018 Parliament of the World Religions will ensure:
The Invocation of the Spirit – the 2018 Parliament of World Religions is much more than a convention attended by representatives of many faiths, but a reflection of Spiritual leadership and connection to the land and creation. This will be done through the respectful use of ceremony and traditional protocols.
The Sharing of Sacred Traditional Knowledge – The Indigenous program will focus on the sharing of sacred traditional knowledge with attendees and participants while ensuring the content and sacred knowledge is protected, culturally safe and free from misappropriation and misuse.
Demonstrate and promote Indigenous values – the Indigenous program will make use of Indigenous values systems relative to the traditional territory the PWR is being held, and also respects the value-systems of the many Indigenous nations represented within the program.
To ensure authenticity of the Indigenous voices and in order to meet these goals and objectives, presentations, speakers, panels and features under the Indigenous program will be solicited from:
- Recognized Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers of recognized Indigenous Nations
- Recognized Representatives from Indigenous Traditional Societies
- Recognized Representatives of Indigenous Nations and communities
- Please provide details of your membership or Indigenous nationhood.
Address Ceremonial Needs and Cultural Safety
As a presenter providing Indigenous spiritual leadership and traditional knowledge, you may have certain needs and requirements to ensure that your program content is protected and shared according to traditional protocols. Please let us know what those needs might be in the description of your program.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre may be able to accommodate certain protocols, however, they may be limited by their policies, municipal bylaws and other limitations. If that is the case, ceremonial space, including a sacred fire and a traditional teaching structure will also be made available at the Fort York National Historic Site at the foot of Bathurst Street and at the south end of the Metro Convention Centre in Olympic Park where a Sacred Fire will burn for prayers and offerings throughout the week long conference.
Protection of Sacred Knowledge
There may also need to protect your sacred knowledge from misappropriation, misuse and other factors that may undermine cultural safety. Be assured that this is at the top of mind and is incredibly important to the Parliament of World Religions and the Indigenous Working Group. We will endeavour to ensure the proper respect and protective measures are considered to all those
presenting and sharing traditional knowledge.
Please outline in detail the ceremonial needs, traditional protocols and measures that may be needed in order to respect and protect your sacred knowledge.
Selection of Programs
Each program proposal will go through a thorough evaluation and assessment according to the standards of the Parliament of World Religions. In addition, the Indigenous Working Group, which consists of Elders, Spiritual leaders and traditional knowledge keepers will also review, evaluate and assess program submissions for authenticity and ensure that it meets the goals, objectives and touches on the theme of the Indigenous Program.
You will be notified by May 1, 2018 of your acceptance to offer a program, with enough time to make travel arrangements to join us.
Presentations in English
Given the sheer number of Indigenous nations represented worldwide, simultaneous interpretation and document translation would be challenging. We ask your forgiveness and request that your submission and presentation be given in the English language. If you are not fluent in English, please bring Translators with you who can offer your words to the group.