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Volume 11   |   Double Issue for Summer/Winter 2022

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Deadline for Expressions of Interest:  September 1, 2021

Theme: “Reverence, Respect, and Reciprocity: Cornerstones of Biocultural Diversity

For this issue of Langscape Magazine, we ask a big question: How can the Indigenous principles of Reverence, Respect, and Reciprocity help build a just, equitable, sustainable world in which biocultural diversity can thrive?

Building that world may seem impossible to achieve when we consider the challenges before us. Biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation, climate change. Social injustice, racism, oppression and discrimination of Indigenous Peoples and minorities, trampling of linguistic, cultural, and land rights. The list of ecological and social ills taking us to the verge of a “converging extinction crisis” of biocultural diversity goes on and on.

On top of all that, a devastating pandemic, and it may have begun to feel like too much for many of us. How do we maintain a positive stance and the will to rebel against the “biocultural diversity extinction” and work for a better future?

Our belief is that part of the answer may reside in understanding and embracing the deep meaning of these three principles — Reverence, Respect, and Reciprocity — which are fundamental to Indigenous ways of thinking and living all around the globe. As we see it, those three “Rs” are the cornerstones of a biocultural worldview that sees people not as apart from but as a part of the natural world. A worldview that recognizes the complete interdependence of people and nature.

That way of thinking establishes a profound ethical imperative for humans to enter into a relationship of reverence, respect, and reciprocity with, and cause no harm to, that which sustain us—whether we call it Mother Nature, as Indigenous Peoples do, or the web of life, as others might see it.

In a biocultural worldview, there also are no Rights without Responsibilities. Taking those two other “Rs” into account raises the questions: Do we have the right to take indiscriminately from nature? What is our responsibility — not only for ourselves but also for generations to come?

We’re keen to hear from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons who want to share their reflections on a biocultural worldview grounded in the principles of Reverence, Respect, and Reciprocity and wish to describe their experiences with affirming those principles in their own lives and those of their communities and of the world at large.

Interested in contributing?

 

Start by submitting your Expression of Interest below.

Proposed stories can be in written and/or visual media: essays, short fiction, poetry, photo essays, videos, podcast scripts, music, spoken word, and artwork.

Langscape Magazine is not an academic publication; we use a narrative or journalistic style.

Stories are published in English, but can be submitted in French or Spanish; we’ll translate them.

We look forward to hearing from you! Remember, the deadline for Expressions of Interest is September 1, 2021!

Yes? If you would like to contribute to the current theme of Langscape Magazine, please fill the Expression of Interest form on this page.

Or consider submitting your story to our Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle (IYSC)! It’s a project that offers Indigenous youth from around the world a special platform to make their voices heard. Check this page to find out how to send us your idea for an IYSC story.

Download and read the General Guidelines before completing your Expression of Interest.

Expression of Interest