In my upbringing, I was taught that everyone is my relative. That we are all relatives. My parents and grandparents instilled this value since I was a child and I notice that, without question, it helps me to see the value in each person and living thing.
Petra Brussee interviews M.S.W. Mona Polacca representing the International Council of 13 indigenous grandmothers at the multi-stakeholder dialogue on water in the post-2015 agenda in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. 21 March 2012.
Grandmother Mona is representative of the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace, a coalition of Indigenous leaders and organizations that was envisioned by the elders to protect the water. It has the support of 60 organizations globally at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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