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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 14, 2012
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy was honoured as the sole award recipient from North America at the fourth International World Conference of Elders of Ancient Traditions and Cultures in Haridwar, India. The conference which took place from March 4-7, 2012, was jointly organized by the International Council of Cultural Studies (ICCS) of USA and India. It included participation from more than 1000 members of 75 different cultures from over 40 different countries.The ICCS is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit socio cultural forum that provides an opportunity for Elders of the Ancient Traditions and Cultures of the World to speak with an international voice in a respected international forum. The theme of the 4th annual conference was “Nourishing the Balance of the Universe” and Grand Chief Beardy and NAN Elder Sam Achneepineskum proudly represented the ancient Nishnawbe Aski culture. The conference brought together indigenous people representing various indigenous cultures to share their wisdom and knowledge and to honour and promote the ancient traditions and cultures from across the world.
“I congratulate Grand Chief Beardy on receiving this honour. Grand Chief Beardy has worked to build relationships with the international indigenous community throughout his career and to have his efforts recognized on the international stage is well deserved,” stated Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
The Chiefs in Ontario, comprising the 133 First Nations in Ontario, is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action and advocacy.
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