The term indigenous nowadays has become common and co-opted as a political label or catch-all term. In IRI, we understand indigenous as a concept that describes a way of life- a culture that is rooted in nature based wisdom that has endured the test of time. This culture at one point was widespread across the planet and united humanity under its principles. The Dogon communities of wisdom safekeepers preserved this knowledge in West Africa (Meritah), where this culture still thrives.
Renaissance describes the concept of rebirth and regeneration. Through widespread colonization, today we find a situation where indigenous communities and their values are being decimated, not only through force, but through the targeted spread of individualistic ideologies and foreign lifestyles. IRI works to regenerate the foundation of indigenous principles and wisdom and bring the light of indigenous culture back to its podium of guiding the direction of humanity.
Initiative carries the concept of a beginning, and to get things going. Our initiatives are designed to not only serve the short term of needs of our indigenous communities, but to build the foundation for long term vitality and revolutionary upliftment that grows through generations. Our diverse international team works across continents to carry the ethic of initiative and collaboration that is celebrated in the indigenous cultural values we aim to preserve.