Peace by Taiaike Alfred.
These words can be read on one level as a scholarly essay on some of the key political issues facing Indigenous peoples today. But on another level, they are part of a traditionally-rooted philosophical reflection intended to give voice to long-silenced wisdom. This conjunction of ancient and contemporary realities is deliberate. The answers developed long ago by our ancestors to the universal questions of peace, power and justice hold as much power now as they did fifty generations ago. Our task, intellectually and spiritually, is to grasp the deep meaning of their teachings — to understand their complex logic as a contemporary political philosophy whose power to confront violence and injustice has remained undiminished by time, but weakened only by our own lack of faith in them.