The Fourth Gathering of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2002 expanded the vision of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide with the inclusion of health and governance issues. The Fourth Gathering provided two important developments:
The International Indigenous Council
A vision-keeping and advisory body of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide was established, including Indigenous leaders from different countries; Maggie Hodgson (Vision Keeper), Rod Jeffries (Chair), Allan Benson, from Canada, Dave Balridge from the US, Mick Gouda from Australia and Barry Bublitz from Aotearoa/New Zealand.
A document promoting health and healing and ensuring these issues have a prominent place in the everyday life of Indigenous peoples around the world was formulated to provide guidance and direction for Indigenous peoples in developing models of healing, self-determination and wholeness.
Celebrating that our Creator has given Indigenous Peoples, who belong to the land and the sea, a unique and rich collection of gifts including mother earth, the sky and water, our families and nations, our culture and wisdom and our own lives;
Recognizing that these gifts rest at the heart of our past, our present and our future;
Believing that the Spirit is the energy that empowers us to share, replenish, protect and respect these gifts according to the Creator’s design;
Remembering the devastation and confusion that colonization brought, including alcohol and disease; Grieving for the land taken and the loss of communal life.
We the Indigenous Peoples of the world having come together as part of the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide movement declare with one voice and heart our resolve to strengthen the Spirit of our Nations and Peoples, to clear from our hearts and minds the clouds of confusion and doubt.
We hold as true and as our guide the teaching of our grandmothers and grandfathers that we hold a sacred role to protect, maintain and respect the Creator’s gifts so that our children and generations of children after them may live a healthy and rich life; Our responsibility to address, enhance and restore our sacred role; as custodians of these gifts we need to make wise decisions because we are accountable to the Creator and to generations to come.
The health and well-being of our people and nations is built on our ability to maintain compassionate, functioning relationships within ourselves, with the earth, each other, our families and communities; Knowledge and wisdom are our partners and we must enrich them both and use them well if our children are to build a meaningful future. We commit ourselves to work in unity and with resolve to strengthen and heal the spirit of our Peoples.