Indigenous communities possess an unparalleled set of knowledge and understanding of medicinal plants and the natural world. Their spirituality is intimately intertwined with the ecosystem as they invoke ancient methods to heal the sick.
However, as more communities integrate with their national society, they confront novel challenges such as introduced diseases, public health concerns on hygiene and sanitation, and navigating the intersection of biomedicine and traditional healing.
Article 14 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”
The Good Project supports existing programs that provide intercultural and bilingual education for indigenous communities.
Indigenous peoples have an unparalleled understanding of their natural world. We have much to gain from learning, studying, and listening to their ancient wisdoms.
Advancing scientific research while preserving ancestral knowledge and culture is critical in the Good Project's holistic approach to understanding our diverse humanity and ecosystems.