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UPDATE: October 21 – 2014 Thank you to each and every person in this community that has showed your support for the Wiwa people. They know that people from around the world have given them support and they are most grateful. I learned that up to 35 people have been in the home of my contact in Taganga (Santa Marta) at one time. They are all coming down from the Mountain looking for family members or going to visit family that had deaths. There are many small communities all over the mountain so the travelers are coming from all the Wiwa communities. Many of them are known to my contact because they usually stay in her home when they come to the city. However, they do not normally have this many in the city. Due to the tragedy many are coming at the same time and they all need support.

As the people are coming down from the Mountain Villages they are not all staying at my contacts home. Some are hearing that she has food so they go to her home where she is able to feed them. It is a great responsibility that she has taken upon herself for years to feed and house the Wiwa visitors to the city.

It has been reported to us that many of the people coming down are also bringing children with them. So we are supporting whole families with basic needs.





Our support made it all possible.

She sent me photos of the Wiwa in the hospital. I dont feel comfortable sharing those photos. However, I am able to share a few others she sent.

Below are a few of the photos she sent to share with all of you. The Wiwa having lunch with Helena, my contact. Also a photo taken inside her home at the kitchen, and, one showing where some of the people are sleeping in Hammocks.

Thank you again to everyone who has been giving support.
Myself and a friend initially sent $250 us dollars.
Then we sent $200 us dollars.
Another contact of mine sent $225 us dollars directly from Europe.

One person donated on this site $500 and others $250 (5+50+100+25+10+60).
Total from this site as of Oct 22 is $750us dollars. !!!
Total we have to send as of Oct 22 is $750 us dollars. !!!

This will now be used to continue buying food, basic needs and also buy cloth to make new clothes for those whos only clothes were burnt in the fire from the lightening strike.

Thank you again !!! to everyone. This has been a community effort to support these amazing people.
With gratitude, Miriam

Wiwa Taganga homeWiwa lunchWiwa sleeping

UPDATED POST: Oct 18-2014 Just spoke to my contact in Colombia in my broken spanish! She said that 7 Wiwa are still in her home, one of them a Mamo. Most of the Wiwa people have returned to the Mountain. She is going to write an email to me tonight with more details and information. She said the money that was sent is feeding all the people and helping them to take buses for transport in the City. Thank you everyone!

ORIGINAL MESSAGE

Colombia, La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to many Indigenous Villages that are high in the mountains. The people who live here are part of four tribes that have communities all over this mountain range.

Recently I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to this region and meet with some of the people in these remote communities. This was the 9th time I have traveled to speak with these people and each time it has been a remarkable experience. Having the opportunity to learning how rich and knowledgeable the people are. These Communities are still living in traditional homes and struggling to keep a culture and way of life alive as the world slowly takes away their lands and disrupts their cultural ways.

Only days after I was in this remote area at the invitation of some of the Traditional people, there was a significant natural disaster that effected one specific village. This was the home of the Wiwa people.

They were gathered in a traditional hut where spiritual work was being done to help hold the balance of the world. This is where they discuss the problems that they are having and also problems of the world as well. They then make plans and carry out specific Ceremony and Spiritual work to correct the imbalances they see.

For years now these people have warned the world that the natural world is out of balance and we all need to work together to restore this balance if we are to continue life on the planet.

In the mountains there has been a great deal of rain in some regions, while others have received none at all for many months. They all recognize that this is not normal and it is because Mother Nature is speaking to us, warning us and showing us we are not being responsible.

There was a lightening strike that hit the Indigenous house that up to 60 people were in. Eleven people died and dozens more were hurt with second and third degree burns.

The Village is 5 hours walking distance down the mountain range to the cities and for this reason the Military was called in to bring the wounded down in helicopters.

I have a contact in Santa Marta area of Colombia that opens her home to the Indigenous people when they come down the mountain so they have a place to stay. She feeds them when they come as well because they do not have money…… they are true Indigenous people who come down to meet with people or representatives of other tribes for example.

When this disaster happened she began to hear from some of the people who live in this community that they were coming to her home so they could be close to their family members in the hospitals. Many of these people are now staying in her home.

Myself and another woman named Lina sent her 250 US dollars to help pay for food for all the people that came to her home. This has been used for food with all the family and indigenous that came down directly after the disaster. It has been one week now since the incident and this money is now gone.

The report I received today, October 13-2014 is that 8 people are still in the hospital and many of those family members are at their side. Also, Indigenous are at her home working with other indigenous groups as well as government to make arrangements for the future of their people.

The family that is staying in the city to be with family only had some juice and small fruit to eat yesterday. They NEED OUR HELP.

The people who are still up in the Village are receiving care from the Government of Colombia, those who are with their families in the city are not.

THE PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITALS NEED OUR SUPPORT AND HELP.

They are asking US to help pay for basic food and minor transport fees back and forth to the hospital for the relatives of those in hospital.

They need a minimum of 250 dollars per WEEK for support for them.

If you want to help these people this site is taking donations and sending 100% of those donations to the Wiwa Indigenous people.

This donation button has been set up specifically for this purpose and is completely separate from any other donations sent to support the work of this site.

We will continue to share updates on this situation as we hear news from the people in Colombia.

Below are links to the many news stories of the incident for you to review.

We will also send your name and what country you are from to the Wiwa if you choose to have your name known to let them know that people all over the world are supporting them.

The people are asking us to understand that this was a natural event and not to be sad about this but to be strong and to support the natural world in balance.

With gratitude to everyone for helping the Wiwa Indigenous Community.

(By the way, I know the person in Colombia personally and her work with the community. I have complete trust that when we send the money that 100% of it is going to the Wiwa community.)

Keep coming back to this thread…. as I will continue to post updates here as well as on the website on the families in the Hospital.

With thanks from the Wiwa people for all your help and support. They know that the world is helping them and they are grateful.

Donate only what you can….. every dollar helps.
Thank you, Miriam

(The donate button for this cause has been removed for now as of Oct 24. If we learn that there is more of a need we will create a new donation button for the Wiwa. Thank you to each of you who donated. The updates will continue to be shared as we hear news from the community as well as how your donations were used to support the Wiwa.)

100% of donations sent through this particular donation button will go to the Wiwa.

Search Lightening strike Colombia and you will find many news articles and updates on this situation.
Here is one from The Guardian.

BBC News

Here is a photo of the Wiwa community from 2010

Wiwa of Colombia

I have returned from Colombia

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Hello everyone! I wanted to let you all know that I have returned to the USA from Colombia and am on my way back to Canada. I arrive at my home on Wed where I will begin to post and share the details of my journey to Colombia to visit with the Indigenous people of the region. It was a remarkable trip and I would like to thank all of the people who made it possible for me personally to do this work.

For those who heard the call to donate recently THANK YOU!!!! Without you it would have been impossible for me to take care of myself when I was down there. Since I do not have any kind of salary I must rely on the generous gifting of people in order to do this important work, which takes time and patience to move forward and to complete.

As a sneak peak to the work I will share a few photos of my trip. The bigger reports will be on The Great Gathering website since they paid for the journey. However, on the personal side of the trip many deeply spiritual things happened to me personally that I will be sharing with you all here.

Thank you again for all your support! Without you none of this groundbreaking work would be possible.

With love,
Miriam

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2009 I attended the UFO Congress Conference. This was the second time I spoke in public about my experience of meeting the Tall Blonde blue eyed extraterrestrials. They released this on Youtube making it possible to share with you here for the first time.

This may be from 2009 but it is a powerful video and I would personally highly recommend it to anyone to watch to understand more about my experiences and some of the knowledge the ET’s shared with me.

Miriam Delicado, while driving with friends along a British Columbia highway in 1988, experienced an alien abduction and subsequent communication with aliens known as the Tall Blonds. While on board their craft, the Tall Blond aliens relayed to Miriam messages for her to share with others, messages, which she realized later, were remarkably similar to the Hopi Prophecies of peace and salvation.

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It’s been a year since that infamous day December 21, 2012. The day that many took advantage of an ancient prophecy that many understand very little about. Selling books, created seminars, made movies, documentaries, blog articles and everything else imaginable and sold this to the public. Creating one of the most feared and the most sought after days in human history.

Never, in any of my writing or speaking engagements did I agree that we would have this transformative day on December 21, 2012. What did happen was a coming together of thought, intention, and hearts from around the world. Focused in prayer, in meditation, in contemplation of our future as human beings and as a planet. There are times when transition or change happens in one moment of time and this, was not one of those moments. Transition and the change of this planet as well as all that lay upon it is in a process of change but not through instant gratification or instant manifestation. What is sad is that in my view this day was hijacked by the darker side and we as a human family missed the true potential to create this change.

So we entered into the year 2013 with mixed emotions around the planet. What was going to happen next? It took no time for some people to begin selling a new idea…. maybe they got the date wrong. For these people who sell this idea is with the lack of understanding the deeper and more complex relationship between time, space and human existence. What we as human beings are in the process of recognizing is that we are only here in this one moment. BE PRESENT…. in the now.

It is extremely clear that the “energy” of our lives and this planet has changed. We are no longer the same in the way we think, the way we understand and the way we act and react to our environment and life around us. This is part of the transition that some people thought would take place in an instant on December 21, 2012. This transition will continue for several years and it is during this time that we seek higher understanding of who we are and what our purpose for life on this planet really is.

We, as a species, are coming to the crossroad where there will be no ability for us to turn back. We have moved the time of transition into the time of consequence. In 2014 we as a planet, a global community, will see the manifestations of those choices we have made in the past. Time with the existence may be endless but here on planet Earth we have the ability to end life as we know it. Slowly one by one we abuse the plant life and the animals of this earth. Causing many species of animal and plants to no longer exist. It is this manifestation that we as a global society are seeing the waves of consequences to our past choices.

Many people ask me if we have time to change in potential constructive future for life. My answer in this moment is yes. We have very little time to commit ourselves to the work that must be done as a collective to protect the sacred life on this planet. In fact this is not my opinion but the opinion of the beings that I am in contact with. Over the last two years they have warned that in 2014 we would begin to see the manifestation of our past choices in very powerful ways and it would affect the planet and everything that is on her.

By spring of next year, 2014, the star beings or Great Ancestors as I call them have warned us that if commitments have not been made by enough people around the world to shift this destructive paradigm of thinking we have created we may not be unable to exist in the future. This does not mean we need to have everything fixed…. we must commit to the WORK of fixing it.

There have been huge shifts on this planet regarding our own spiritual development as individuals in what we believe exists not only here on earth but also in regard to God or the Creator. This is evident by turning on your television and looking at all of the programming surrounding alternative communities such as the paranormal, UFOs, conspiracy theories and so many others. In respect to our beliefs many spiritual teachers from these alternative communities have stepped into the mainstream media in all forms. As a planet what this demonstrates is that we are in a transition not only a physical transition, but also the emotional and spiritual transition as well.

As the spiritual understanding of who we are awakens within each individual the responsibility we each carry to protect life at this planet also awakens. This is why within each of us we are feeling a sense of urgency to act and participate in “something” that often unsure what that is. It’s very important to acknowledge those emotions and thoughts as we transform the way we live on this planet and interact with each other and the life that exists here. As we come to a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness of the life that surrounds us we also recognize that we as human beings we must be responsible for future generations of human beings, animals, plant life as well as natural elements such as water.

This is what the Great Ancestors have been saying to me and many others in messages to people around the world. Looking into any indigenous, spiritual group or individuals that have awakened, what we know as a collective is that we are on the edge of the cliff. Unless we build that bridge together we will be unable to continue walking forward.

In 2014 what we will see is massive change and shifts in conscious understanding of how precious and delicate life on this planet truly is. The effects of Fukushima in Japan will start to manifest and the truth will no longer be hidden from the public. The devastating effects of nuclear power plants will be understood by humanity in the coming years. We do have the ability as a collective to change and repair some of this damage from Fukushima and all other destructive pollutants on this planet. Through focused prayer and meditation we have the ability to affect the life that exist around us. This is a proven fact through science.

Through nature, and where we as a planet are currently positioned within the known universe will have the effects of more earthquakes, volcanoes, rain storms, tsunamis, solar flares and all other natural occurrences that we as human beings see as being destructive. In nature, this is simply part of the cycle.

This information is being shared with you to assist your understanding that as a human species, we, have the ability through our thoughts to support, or, harm the life of this planet.

This a very strong message that has been shared with me by the Great Ancestors. In 2014 there will be a very powerful spiritual leader or maybe religious leader that will bring about a very shocking form of disclosure. This will either come directly from this person or it will come as a result of this person meaning it will be about them.

I don’t believe in making predictions. But when I receive very strong messages from these beings such as the message regarding this spiritual/ religious leader I am moved to share it with you.

The main message for 2014 is that each and every individual follow their heart and their passion to be in service to all forms of life on this planet. To protect the waters, the land, the earth, the air, plants, animals, humans and every living thing.

In approximately February, March, 2013 the Great Ancestors came and told me that there were many paths that had been laid by those working in service that were simply not producing the results that were needed to ensure a stable future. For this reason I was informed that all alliances, friendships, working relationships, relationships, etc.… That were not working for the highest good would be shifted, cleared, and changed. This was a reset, a restart, a new beginning for all those who were here with an inner guided higher purpose in their lives.

Speaking with my friends and coworkers today, it is exceptionally clear that the year 2013 was about literally letting go of what was no longer serving us to enlighten us further and allow us to be in service in a productive and peaceful way. For many, it has been a year of torment and change.I have heard many people say that this year was one of the worst years of their lives. In my personal life I can also say that this year has been filled with many many deep challenges and I for one am looking forward to the year 2014.

So as we move into the new year we can expect that many great changes will continue to take place in our personal lives. The work of being in service to others and all those who have made this commitment the struggles that we have had in the past will begin to subside. The results of our work will begin to be seen and we will as a collective have a greater effect on the planet as a whole. Many new and startling disclosures will take place this year. The financial system around the world will also be changing how this will take place I do not have the details of, what I do know that my guides are telling me is not to have fear over any of the changes that we will be experiencing over the next few years.

The time of consequence is upon us now and for all those people who are focused on doing what they can when they can to support a balanced world; the consequence of our collective work will also be seen and felt now.

By May 2014 is when world events will begin to unfold that will begin to shape our future.

The message from the Great Ancestors (Star Beings) for everyone today is to remain focused on your own personal inner development spiritually. The keys to unlocking truth is found within each and every one of you. Remember to follow your inner guidance, be in service to others, support your friends family and community in any way possible, commit to working on whatever project, program, nonprofit, group, organization, or idea… That serves the greater collective for a beautiful, sustainable, and balanced in nature future. May our future generations thrive.

Miriam Delicado
Message for going into 2014
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The year of 2013 was about letting go of everything that is not serving us as individuals as well as collectively.For many it was the worst year of their lives many of us “RESET” our life path. In fact the star beings said this back in Feb/March of this year and it has proven to be a very accurate statement. For 2014 …. they have said it would be about new beginnings and clear paths, struggles will subside IF YOU DID YOUR WORK IN 2013 TO CLEAR. They also said that we now must commit to the path of being in service and work to build the networks of unity and grow our collective efforts in order to set the correct path for the future as a planet. May 2014 reveal our collective work and spark more truth, clarity, peace and enlightenment as we continue to grow

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Hopi are in Ceremony at this moment. This is the Soyal Ceremony or Winter Ceremony as many may refer to it in our world. Join with them in strength and heart to bring a good year to the earth and all life. They will be Praying every day for us…. for life… until the 25th,Christmas day. On Dec 21 which is the Solstice they will be at the peak of their Ceremony. This Ceremonial time is also when they share the prophecies, of which there are hundreds. This shows us where we are on the path and how to plan for the future.These are not shared for our protection so we may remain with good hearts and minds. As we join with them in this time we strengthen this world and the very fabric of life itself. Pray for the waters of the world, pray for Fukushima, pray for peace, pray for all good things to come. Pray for what we want to see in this world… and it will strengthen life. Miriam Delicado

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Public Speaking by Miriam Delicado: It is time for me to come out of my quiet time and begin speaking to the public again. Right now I am looking for people who have experience in organizing events who would be interested in working with me to organize speaking engagements in their area, in Canada and/or around the world. Organize one event or many of them would be up to you.

For the past 8 months I have received guidance that it is time for me to begin to speak more openly about my contacts and how they relate to humanity. Since I have “gone public” in 2007 I have only spoken at four events. Many people are surprised by this but my guidance was still telling me to remain reserved in my interactions with the public and to wait for the right time to open up further about my experiences and information the Star Beings have been sharing.

For the past few years all the work being done that is not directly in the public as well as what is in the public has all been accomplished through donations. One donor in particular DH has been the backbone of my work allowing me to be in total service. It has not been easy but it also has taught me to have great humility and gratitude for each and every person who has supported the process. Still even today, every dollar that is donated can bring me to a tear of gratitude recognizing how we are all supporting the much larger work we are doing as a group of dedicated souls to protect humanity and life itself.

In creating these speaking engagements my goal is to share more of the knowledge of the Star Beings as well as take in some funding that is desperately needed for the work to continue. Also, at every event that is held a certain number of seats will be given away for FREE to those who want to attend but simply can not afford to. This way everyone has the opportunity to attend. Also, as with all other donations that have come in over the years, a portion of those funds will be given to other people in the community that need support as well at any given moment. The organizer will take a portion of the ticket sales after all the expenses are paid for so they are taken care of as well.

In Canada I am specifically looking for an experienced organizer to create an event in Vancouver, BC and possibly set up dates in other Canadian cites and towns for next year. If you are interested setting up a talk in one city or in all of them would be up to you.

USA is NOT an option sadly since I can not legally have a speaking engagement there where tickets can be sold. If someone wanted to pay for all my expenses and have an event where no money is exchanged then I could attend and speak in the United States.

Other areas in the world would also be most welcome to create events but I must ask that the organizer have experience with creating similar events in that area. Currently hopeful that enough funding will come in for travel to Australia and maybe we could set up some speaking engagements there as well once dates have been set. This journey will be taking me through London and so that is also another City where someone may want to help organize and speaking event.

Looking for dedicated people with experience in this area of Event Planning who would be interested in working with me directly to create these events. Also, once we know locations and dates we would then possibly ask for volunteers who would like to share support in this way.

If you are interested in working with me please email me at miriam@bluestarprophecy.com subject line: EVENT PLANNER and please share in the email what your expereince has been and what kind of support you feel you can offer at this time.

With much gratitude to each of you who took the time to read this post and all those that support the work,
Miriam

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The Great Gathering news

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This is a special announcement to share exciting news with all of you regarding The Great Gathering of Humanity. The application with the IRS was accepted on September 24-2013. They are now a 501c3 nonprofit public charity.

If you would like to sign up for an email notification when the website has been completed, visit the website directly.

www.thegreatgathering.org

With honor to be of service,
Miriam

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Submission to the UNPFII, 13th Session (This was sent to me by a man whom I met in 2009 on the journey to South Africa. He has been working for his people to uplift and strengthen his people. He is a remarkable man and it was an honor to have him as a guide to vist with many of the Leaders of the Khoi-San people.) With honor this article is being shared with you. May the unity of the people continue.

DRAFT STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF SOUTH AFRICA TO THE UNITED NATIONS AT THE
12TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
NEW YORK, 21 MAY 2013

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS PERTAINING TO EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Chairperson,
On behalf of the delegation of South Africa, let me congratulate you and members of the Bureau on your election. My delegation would like to express its support and confidence that under your stewardship, the Twelfth Session of the Permanent of Forum will be successful.
South Africa is encouraged to observe that the Forum is seized with pertinent issues that are indicative of disparities between the communities that have registered satisfactory progress in the practical enjoyment of the rights to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, as well as to education, and the marginalized communities such as indigenous peoples.
South Africa’s engagement in this Forum and in other meetings within the United Nations system, is informed by the imperative need to implement policies and legislation aimed at progressively addressing the inequalities created by the past colonial and apartheid eras, to ensure a better life for all South Africans. This approach affirms the equality and human dignity of all South Africans, based on the principle of non-discrimination, regardless of the groupings or communities to which they belong. This principle ensures that there is no discrimination among citizens of the same country in the full enjoyment of all human rights for the advancement of human dignity and equality.
In this regard, persons belonging to cultural, religious or linguistic communities may not be denied the right to enjoy their culture, practice their religion and use their language, according to the Constitution. The absence of protection for some languages including the Khoi, Nama and San languages, which is an apartheid legacy, has necessitated the establishment of a Pan South African Language Board, which is charged with the responsibility to promote and create the conditions for the development and use of all languages. In addition to the establishment of the Board, based on our constitutional provisions, the following key institutions were established:
The National Khoi-San Council;
The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities; and
The National Heritage Council.
Recognizing the diminished use and status of Indigenous Languages the South African Government has promulgated the South African National Languages Bill into law. The law promotes amongst others, the linguistic rights of communities and Multi-lingualism.
The South African Government also initiated a pilot school project whereby students studied in the Nama language. The school is based in the Northern Cape Province where most of the Nama people are located, and was at the time, the largest project in Southern Africa. However, challenges related to funding and lack of qualified staff to teach in Indigenous languages continues to be a concern, as well as access for the children of the San communities due to language barriers. Within this context, the San communities are of the view that the school does not address its concerns fully. These efforts are in addition to policies aimed at ensuring universal access to primary education, which is almost a reality in South Africa, implementation of school feeding scheme and no fee schools.
The Government has also recently introduced an Indigenous Food Competition as part of its efforts to impart skills on preparation of Indigenous foods. The competition is aimed among others, at collecting, documenting and creating awareness of the food heritage, including the compilation of Indigenous food recipe book. In keeping with trends of consumers being more health conscious, another aim is to seek natural food products which are more nutritious and have tangible health benefits, something that Indigenous Food have the potential to contribute. It is also envisaged that schools that offer consumer studies will be able to use the recipe book once the project is completed.
In terms of the implementation of health recommendations, the Government elaborated a policy on traditional medicine, and also established an Indigenous Knowledge System Research unit at the South African Medical and Research Centre, in addition to improving access through its policies of providing free basic healthcare to pregnant mothers and children under six years of age. These initiatives are aimed at recognizing traditional knowledge in its diverse nature, including through the development of legislation and policies, as well as programmes to regulate and promote systems of Indigenous knowledge through legislation on traditional medicines. These are ongoing projects as not all issues have been addressed or resolved.
The Government is also due to begin piloting the National Health Insurance, with the primary goal of ensuring that all citizens and residents irrespective of their socio-economic status have access to good quality health services from both public and private healthcare sectors.
The Government is however, also cognizant of the fact that there are many outstanding issues and massive challenges related to the harm caused, especially to the Khoi and the San communities from past historical injustices, emanating from the Doctrine of Discovery that led to the dispossession of land, geographical displacement, loss of cultural identity and the attendant socio-economic hardships suffered by those directly affected. In this regard we are confident that through vision 2030 as encapsulated in the National Development Plan, these outstanding issues will be addressed. It is important to note that President of the Republic has taken a keen interest in the welfare of the San, Khoi, Nama, Korana and Griqua communities. I thank you.

STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF SOUTH AFRICA TO THE UNITED NATIONS AT THE
12TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
NEW YORK, 21 MAY 2013

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS PERTAINING TO CULTURE
On the implementation of cultural recommendations the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act, 2003 (Act no.41 of 2003) has granted recognition to the traditional communities and their leadership as well as governing structures, in accordance with South Africa’s constitutional provisions. Furthermore, the Government has mandated relevant national departments to work with the Khoi and the San communities on a range of issues towards the promotion and protection of the rights of the Khoi and San people. In the same context, the Government is processing the Traditional/ Indigenous Affairs Bill, which provides for the recognition of the Khoi and San communities, leaders and councils, as well as their representation in the house of Traditional Leaders and participation in governance structures, in accordance with constitutional imperatives such as the Bill of Rights, to restore the integrity and dignity of the institutions of Traditional Leadership and Khoi-San leadership in line with customary law and practices. This Bill will replace the existing Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act and the National House of Traditional Leaders Act. Ongoing consultations are in process towards the final adoption of the draft Bill in Parliament.
The South African Government, through the Department of Science and Technology will be launching on 24 may, its National Recordal System to catalogue its indigenous knowledge. The ultimate aim is to create opportunities for benefîts to flow back to the communities, which include community recognition, sustainable livelihoods, economic value and improved quality of life. In addition, the South African Government has launched a new draft Traditional Knowledge Bill aimed at creating a new system of intellectual property rights specific to traditional knowledge.
Processes are also under way to ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In this regard, the development of policy is also at an advanced stage to ensure that once ratified, the provisions of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Conventions are implemented domestically. These initiative are aimed at embracing diversity, including of the San, Khoi, Nama, Korana and Griqua communities. Other projects in this regard include the establishment of heritage sites such as the Sarah Baartman Heritage Site in the Eastern Cape, and the ongoing legacy heritage projects to establish the National Heritage Route.
Finally chairperson, land is central to practical enjoyment of the culture of Indigenous communities. In this regard the South African government has committed itself to making effective interventions aimed at ensuring the empowerment of all people who have been disadvantaged by Apartheid policies and laws. Included in these interventions is the restoration of the rights of all South Africans, including for the Nama, San, Korana, Griqua and Cape Khoi communities. The restitution of Land Rights Act 22 of 1994 gives effect to the right to restitution of land dispossessed from persons or communities, including Indigenous communities through the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights with the objective to resolve disputes and claims through a process of mediation, and where there is failure to solve the disputes, the Land Claims Court is charged with adjudicating those disputes.
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UPDATE: Oct 13-2014 Thank you to everyone who gave donations last month while I was traveling in Colombia. I was literally supported by a small handful of people, one in particular, Sam, made it possible for me to have a safe and supported trip near the end of the journey. Returning on Oct 15th to Canada after which reports will be shared on this website as well as on the great gathering site, along with private reports for everyone who donated. With love and gratitude, Miriam DONATE HERE