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Correspondence with Caterina Geuer

David Suzuki is a Canadian scientist who became interested in ecological problems and the future of Indigenous populations. "Out of the blue" I received this email from one of his associates.

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 15:15:22 -0700
From: Caterina Geuer <>
Subject: Dialogue circles


I'm on the Schumacher list and heard about your dialogue circles with North American Native elders and scientists. I work with the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, BC. We have the beginnings of an elder's circle here (mostly non-native), and I know that our elders would be very interested in your dialogue circles. How could we find out more? Thank you very much for your time.


Caterina Geuer

Hi, David,

Thanks so much for your exciting e-mail--I am so glad to find out about the books--I will immediately rush to my favorite Vancouver bookstore to hunt down a copy. And thanks for forwarding the info from New Zealand and also from Argentina. (I was born in Bolivia). I will certainly follow up on those contacts. I also sent for info about the conference in Ottawa/Hull. I used to live there and have had the good fortune of attending a number of amazing First Nations conferences there. Are you aware of the elder's lodge, or Kumik, at the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs? I was fortunate enough to spend two years there as a volunteer when it was first being set up. I have the contact info for the Kumik if you don't, and I'd be happy to send it. Yes, lets send out e-mails to the others. I truly believe that, in our search for the new story we have to live our lives by, that the elders have so much to teach us about what it really means to be human, loving animals.

All the best,
Caterina Geuer

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