Exploring the Indigenous Worldview that We are All Members of One Human Family and Part of the Sacred Circle of Life
Featuring Lyla June Johnston, Diane Longboat, Anneloes Smitsman, and Dr. Anita Sanchez. Hosted by Chief Philip Lane Jr.
Sunday, October 20th, 11:15 to 12:45 pm Pacific
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The “Spirituality and the Unity Sciences” panel will explore…
- What Indigenous knowledge and wisdom has maintained since the beginning—that the reality of Life is unified and whole
- Why every human being is responsible for the wellbeing of everyone else and all of Life within and above our Mother Earth
- The meaning of the idea that “Center of the Universe is Everywhere” expressed by Black Elk, a Lakota elder
- How to apply the new unity of science and spirituality to the collective caretaking of the Earth and future generations
Lyla June Johnston is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages.
Lyla June was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. Her personal mission in life is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. This prayer has taken her on many journeys and materializes in diverse ways.
She is a student of global cycles of violence that eventually gave rise to The Native American Holocaust and the destruction of many cyclic relationships between human beings and nature. This exploration birthed her passion for revitalizing spiritual relationships with Mother Earth and cultivating spaces for forgiveness and reconciliation to occur between cultural groups. She is a co-founder of The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council, which works to heal intergenerational trauma and ethnic division in northern New Mexico. She is a walker within the Nihigaal Bee Iiná Movement, a 1,000-mile prayer walk through Diné Tah (the Navajo homeland) that is exposing the exploitation of Diné land and people by uranium, coal, oil and gas industries. She is the lead organizer of the Black Hill Unity Concert which gathers native and nonnative musicians to pray for the return of guardianship of the Black Hills to the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota nations. She is the also the founder of Regeneration Festival, an annual celebration of children that occurs in 13 countries around the world every September.
In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. During her time there she wrote the award winning papers: Nature and the Supernatural: The Role of Culture and Spirituality in Sustaining Primate Populations in Manu National Park, Peru and Chonos Pom: Ethnic Endemism Among the Winnemem Wintu and the Cultural Impacts of Enlarging Shasta Reservoir. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. Lyla June ultimately attributes any achievements to Creator who gave her the tools and resources she uses to serve humanity.
She currently lives in Diné Tah, the Navajo ancestral homeland which spans what is now called New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She spends her free time learning her engendered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge.
Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, MEd is a member of the Turtle Clan and Mohawk Nation at Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada. She is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher, and healer. She has served as Elder for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since January of 2013 and is also the Senior Project Manager, Guiding Directions Implementation.
Diane is the founder of Soul of the Mother, a Healing Lodge on the shores of the Grand River at Six Nations Grand River Territory, with extensive relationships with First Nations in Canada and the United States.
Diane is also the founder of First Nations House (Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs) at the University of Toronto.
Diane is a professional educator with a Master’s degree in education and has taught at universities and conferences, nationally and internationally, on the topic of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and spirituality as the fuel for innovation. She has published extensively on Indigenous education law and policy for the Chiefs of Ontario and the Assembly of First Nations.
In 2017 and 2018, Diane was the Indigenous Education Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Minister of Education (Minister Naidoo Harris and Minister Hunter).
Recently, Diane was Co-Chair for the development of the Indigenous Peoples Program at the Parliament of the World’s Religions global gathering in Toronto for
8,500 delegates in November 2018. Over 100 Indigenous spiritual leaders spoke in the Lodge of Nations built inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The legacy of the Indigenous Peoples Program is a series of ceremonial gatherings between Indigenous Nations designed to renew pre-colonial alliances, and relationships beginning in 2019 with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabek Nation.
Diane is recognized as an Evolutionary Leader by the Source of Synergy Foundation in New York City and is a faculty member for the Leadership Quest of the Earthwise Centre.
Anneloes Smitsman (Ph.D.c, LLM), is Founder, CEO, Vision Keeper and Wholeness Coder for EARTHwise Centre. She is a published author, storyteller, evolutionary systems scientist, and a global catalyst for developing our Future Creative capabilities and leadership for a Thrivability World. She is a powerful teacher of Evolutionary Leadership, Sacred Feminine, Social Innovation, and Transformational Change, along with her work in New-Paradigm science, which recognizes the Universe as Self-Actualizing Wholeness. Her unique programs, teachings, and consciousness practices have empowered people and organisations from around the world to step into their greatness and actualize their inner genius.
She is the author of the Amazon International Bestseller “L ove Letters from Mother Earth – The Promise of a New Beginning”, a collection of 13 Letters in the voice of our Earth Mother for the actualization of our collective wisdom potentials. She was recently awarded the “Africa’s Women Leaders Citation 2018”, by CMO Asia & World Women Leadership Congress.
Her deepest commitment is Love in Action. Her work is based on the living transmissions from the Tree of Life and the sharing of the Fruit of Unity from this primordial Tree. All over the world, people have shared how this touch of Love together with these primordial transmissions creates the experience that awakens us into Our Unity. Anneloes also applies this Love in Action in projects and campaigns that call us to stand together united for issues that deserve and require our deepest care and shared responsibility. This application becomes visible in the way she carries her evolutionary leadership responsibilities.
Anneloes holds a Masters degree in Law & Political Science from Leiden University (the Netherlands), and is currently finalising her Ph.D as external researcher at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development, Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Her thesis is titled “Into the Heart of Systems Change”.
She is a founding member of the Creative Board of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and serves on the Board of Global Education Futures Initiative. She is a member of the Global Change Leaders network, and served as evolutionary judge for the Evolutionary Future Challenge.
Dr. Anita Sanchez, Aztec and Mexican- American, has spent four decades weaving indigenous wisdom and modern science to support business executives, non-profit leaders and their teams all over the world. Anita consults and trains using her benchmarked tools and programs focused on building diverse and inclusive cultures, leadership and business strategies.
A truly inspiring speaker, she is the internationally bestselling author of “Success University for Women in Business” and of “The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times”, Simon & Schuster. The 2019 International Latino Book Award just announced – The Four Sacred Gifts – as the “Most Inspirational Nonfiction”, “Best Spiritual”, and “Best Self-Help Book”.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Bioneers and of the Pachamama Alliance for whom she leads an annual journey into the sacred headwaters of the Amazon to learn from the Achuar, Sapara and Quechua people. Anita is passionate about “inspiring people to discover and trust their gifts so that they become a life-giving connection to people and to the planet.
For more information Dr. Anita Sanchez: anitasanchez.onlinepresskit247.com
Hereditary Chief Philip Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations and is an internationally recognized leader in human, community, and economic development.
During the past 50 years, Chief Lane has worked with Indigenous Peoples from the Americas, Micronesia, South East Asia, China, India, Bhutan, Hawaii, and Africa. He served 16 years as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (1980-1996).
Chief Lane has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognition. He was the first indigenous person to win the prestigious Windstar Award, presented annually on behalf of the late John Denver and the Windstar Foundation. In 2000, he received the Year 2000 Award for Freedom and Human Rights are given by the Swiss Foundation. Other winners of this award include Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, the Dalai Lama, Lord Yehdi Menuhin, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and Yevgeni Velikhov, Vice President, Soviet Academy of Sciences.
In 2008, Chief Lane received the Ally Award presented by the Center for Healing Racism. Particular emphasis for this award was for his dedicated work, for more than 19 years, as one of the key Indigenous leaders in the resolution of Canada’s Residential School issue, which involved the sexual, physical, cultural, psychological, and emotional abuse of thousands of Aboriginal children in Canada. The process resulted in a more than $4 billion settlement for Residential School survivors.
On August 15, 1992, in recognition of his hereditary lineage of leadership and longtime service to Indigenous Peoples and the Human Family, Indigenous Elders from across North America recognized Phil as a Hereditary Chief of the Hinhan Wicasa and Deloria Tiospayes of the Ihanktonwan Nation, through a Traditional Headdress Ceremony.
Chief Lane currently serves as a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, (AISES), Council of Elders. He is the host of the Shift Network’s Global Indigenous Wisdom Summits. As well, Chief Lane is an Honorary International Advisor to the Help Foundation of the Beijing Women’s and Children’s Development Foundation and is a co-founder and Global Trustee of the United Religions Initiative.