The Seventh Generation

ill7Our Responsibility to the Seventh Generation

"We cannot simply think of our survival; each new generation is responsible to ensure the survival of the seventh generation. The prophecy given to us, tells us that what we do today will affect the seventh generation and because of this we must bear in mind our responsibility to them today and always."

Our Responsibility to the Seventh Generation was published by IISD in 1992. The report highlighted the value of Indigenous knowledge and contributions to sustainable development. It draws largely on North American experience, plus contributions from Indigenous peoples in Mexico and India.

The Seventh Generation is chosen by native people because it is that generation which is beyond our direct contact; more than, say, 120 years into the future. This perspective is valuable when thinking about questions of sustainability.

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Additions since 1992: New Approaches

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