I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kamell Ellis and Lisa Ray of the 1 World Fest. This interview was one that really resonated with me for a multitude of reasons. 1 World Fest is a foundation whose mission is to bring people together no matter their race, gender, religion or ethnicity. Before we are labeled by any of these things we are all recognized as human beings. With all that’s going on in this country it’s important to find things that unite us rather than create dissention, and that’s what foundations like CANA and 1World Fest are doing, connecting us all. When you turn on the TV these days you see our president inciting division amongst the American people, you see the NFL protests, you hear about our issues with North Korea. These things don’t bring us together as a people; they divide us and make it harder to understand each other.
Here at the CANA Foundation we acknowledge the fact that nature is our greatest teacher. Our motto is people saving horses, and horses saving humanity. If you take the time out to watch our horse relatives, you will see that despite the diversity in the herd it is unity that prevails. It saddens me that we are supposed to be an advanced civilization yet it is our horse relative’s that are teaching us how to coexist with one another. When you take the time out to study nature you realize it’s a variety of species working together for the betterment of the environment. Whether it be our trees and plants creating oxygen, our honey bees taking pollen and creating honey, or our horse relatives and buffalo plowing and fertilizing the land. These relationships show us that working together and taking the time out to understand each other is far more beneficial than living divided.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” And this is why our initiative is so important; we see the injustice that our wild horse relatives are facing. Being rounded up and separated from their families, being slaughtered to free up lands that they were born to run free on. It may not seem like a major issue to some, but this is what in turn happens to our communities. The horses and our people are synonymous and we shouldn’t be silent about any of these injustices because we are all relatives. And we realize how essential rewilding these horses on to Native lands is to the Native people who were stripped of their original way of life. It’s time for us to stand up as a people and support one another, and also support our relatives in nature. MLK also said that “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”And we believe that rewilding is our first step. Please log on to our website and find out how you can join the initiative.