By Monica Romano
The opening session of the first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum concluded with all of the many present holding hands as a sign of brotherhood.
To me it was really the real and most meaningful start, after Mr. Kevin Cleaver - our Vice-President, Programmes - had greeted the audience and welcomed the indigenous participants who are always so colourful in their wonderful traditional clothes. But what touched me deeply were the words of blessing that were said during a traditional ceremony that was held by representatives of the indigenous peoples' communities from different regions in the room, in front of the long table were the panelists were seated.[view whole blog post ]