Join Professor Wagner! Revisiting Basic Call to Consciousness: Peace, Equity and Friendship

Join Honors Professor Sally Wagner on a field trip to the afternoon session of the conference: “Revisiting Basic Call to Consciousness: Peace, Equity and Friendship” on the Onondaga Nation site of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Village!

Thursday, Sept. 24th

2:00 – 5:30 PM (the group will travel in the Honors van)

Please email Kate Hanson: khanso01@syr.edu  to reserve your space by 4:00 PM Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. First-come, first-served!

Professor Wagner, who regularly teaches several Honors courses including”Women’s Rights: A Native American Tradition” will accompany students to the afternoon session of the conference: “Revisiting Basic Call to Consciousness: Peace, Equity and Friendship” which will explore ideas related to the governing principle of the Haudenosaunee, the Great Law of Peace.

onondaga nation

Revisiting Basic Call to Consciousness: Peace, Equity and Friendship

In 1977, the Haudenosaunee, along with many indigenous peoples, traveled on their own passports to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, to address concerns of oppressive conditions experienced by native peoples, to bring attention to broken treaties between Indigenous peoples and the colonial governments in the Americas, and to assert self-determination through the liberation of the Natural World. Knowing that they may have had only one chance to speak, the indigenous representatives at that meeting decided to speak on behalf of the Natural World, because the Natural World cannot speak. This was known as Basic Call to Consciousness.

As indigenous peoples confront a colonial condition, the Haudenosaunee have always honored the Natural World, governed through the true nature of democracy, practiced engaged decolonization, and lived through principles of thinking Seven Generations into the future. This conference will revisit Basic Call to Consciousness to seek peace, equity and friendship through the traditional governing principles of the Haudenosaunee, known as the Gayaneñ•hsä•’go•nah, or the Great Law of Peace.

Honors News Archives