Statement of Need
_Aspects of the great heritage of our earth and humanity are vanishing, often within a single generation. Particularly at risk are Indigenous cultures and their distinct ways of existing along with their priceless legacies: traditional teachings, philosophies, rare art, ecological wisdom, practical environmental knowledge, and worldviews.
Equally at this time, the loss of biodiversity around the planet is staggering and many of our bioregions are on the verge of collapse. Of grave concern is the recent report issued by the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature revealing that our oceans have reached such a point of severity, that marine species are entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history.
In this time of critical environmental challenges, the in-depth knowledge of the Earth that Indigenous peoples have gained over millenniums can no longer be dismissed. Bound within their cosmologies are not just esoteric teachings but practical knowledge of a people’s environment. "ey are repositories of information of particular unique bioregions needed for sustainable living and survival. Indigenous cultures carry within them ancient teachings; irreplaceable maps illuminating paths to inner and ecological wisdom. However, our stewards of this Earth have suffered deeply and equally in our destructive practices to our environment. Today many tribal peoples are at the brink of ethnocide. "us, the preservation of Indigenous cultures and their traditional knowledge is essential within the Circle of Humanity.
The elders and the children of this generation play pivotal roles in assuring their success. The Honor Journey provides an opportunity for individuals to reconnect with our human origins, to rekindle our collective past and memories of living in harmony with the natural world. The ancient Peoples understood to live in accordance with the activities of the cosmos was the highest and finest way to live.
_This is a collective effort of many partners on behalf of our youth and our beautiful oceans; however, the ECONESIAN SOCIETY will serve as the nonprofit and lead organization for the HONOR FIJI JOURNEY.
All projects will be developed with the utmost respect to cultural practices and values and relationships will be based on a foundation of trust of friendship. The process calls for potential supporters to deeply listen to the present challenges, the perspectives, the philosophy, and vision of the people and learn from the current organizations addressing similar issues.