Honoring Treaties And The Sacred Places of Indigenous Peoples
September 30, 2013
Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa
Sharing the challenges of the Indigenous Peoples (IP), Andrea Carmen, of the Yaqui Nation, and Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council (ITC), discusses the important strides made by IP through the international treaties adopted by United Nations. These treaties have provided the long needed international legal instruments to protect the human rights of IP, including their sacred places that are inherent to their identities, culture, heritage and connectivity to the land. An impassioned activist, she discusses the importance of protecting these sacred areas from desecration and exploitation for their natural resources. She shares about the UN Declaration On The Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the upcoming October 14-November 1, 2013 compliance review by the UN Human Rights Committee on the IP Sacred Areas and Free and Prior Informed Consent, and compliance by the US and seven other countries with the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.
Our Sacred Journey
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Our Sacred Journey will inspire others to share their love, compassion and kindness as a powerful way of actualizing the reality of the Divine in our daily lives. Our fascinating guests are global citizens who live and manifest their values, principles and ideals. You’ll hear the broad spectrum of life experiences that moved these passionate, courageous people through the hallways of such global institutions as the United Nations, to the villages in developing countries. We will discuss what it means to live as global citizens from the foundation of our inner spirituality, values and beliefs. Our potential to create a harmonious, cooperative present and future arising out of our own creativity and commitment to make valuable contributions to humanity will weave a beautiful tapestry of our sacred journey together.
Audrey E. Kitagawa
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Audrey E. Kitagawa, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty years. At the time of her retirement in 1996, Ms. Kitagawa had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession).
She is President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical, spiritual community with broad global outreach. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and the former Vice President/Trustee of Council For A Parliament of The World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest conveners of communities of faith. She is currently a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.
She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e.Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School. She has published articles in World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues. She has authored chapters for three books, and has been listed in Who's Who of American Law, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.