Indian Medical Protection Fund (IMC) is a non-profit organization that works Strengthening indigenous communities in their efforts to conserve plant medicine and traditional knowledge with whom they have been in deep ties for thousands of years, and who are vital to their healing and cultural survival.
Thus, IMC seeks to collect $20 million To support the many different projects protecting these key drugs: ayahuasca, frog more quickly alvarius, Iboga, peyote and mushrooms.
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In conversation with Forbes, Sutton King (IMC Manager) and Mary Fly (co-director), make sure the elder psychedelic companies contact native people “Get information about specific medications, provide financial assistance, or both”,
Even then, this behavior is not welcome Nor does it conform to indigenous customs.
Protect the legacy of indigenous psychedelic medicine
“We have a potential problem here. There are many for-profit companies that want to enter indigenous communities and implement ‘reciprocity’. But really This is a disguise for some other transaction. We [en IMC Fund] We really want to take a step back from that term, because we are so far from reciprocity. reciprocity means consent and we are not yetKing, an activist and member of the Menominee and Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, explains.
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So what do community leaders need?
“He said to be prepared for the rush of interest in their cultures and medicines, They needed financial support to help them strengthen their cultural infrastructure and interact with all these different organizations«, North Volat, researcher, communicator and environmentalist.
And he says: «One of the main pieces is Enable elders and communities those who have traditional knowledge Could be a way to guide that right interface and relationshipwithout being deeply disturbed by the process.
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Meanwhile, it should be noted that the IMC Fund has a complex governance structure, with a lot of participation Members of indigenous communities throughout the Americas. And, to date, they support more than 20 different projects, such as the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative (IPCI).