We Believe

1. An illness requires: Healing

1.1. Taking responsibility in a meaningful way - understanding the impact of our actions; to gain a

sense of empathy inspires change; it is how we find a path forward. Based in a relational world,

stuff is peripheral to the real concerns.

 

1.2. Engaging in opportunities to develop a strong sense of Indigenous identity based in the

teachings; live with a sense of hope, meaning, purpose and belonging. *Thunderbird Partnership

Foundation.

 

1.3. Sharing our experiences and understandings of the day, acknowledging that tomorrow will

bring new shades of significance and new directions for explorations.

 

1.4. Healing the breach of social harmony, of social relationships, putting right the wrong and

making reparation.

2. A misbehaviour requires: Learning

 

2.1. Presenting events and experiences in ways that encourage others to find their own

significance. Teacher does not occupy centre stage. Celebrate diversity of life, thought and feeling,

rather than a contest between opposing views about what we ought to think or feel.

 

2.1.1. Respect each other's journey, be curious about and receptive to opportunities to better

know ourselves as our paths cross. "All I can tell you about is me...All the rest is guesswork."

 

2.1.2. There are profound differences, and different ways may be equally deserving of respect.

 

2.1.3. What means little to you may mean much to another - and vice versa - and that in itself

is cause for celebration.

2.1.4. Escape your own paradigm enough to begin functioning freely in the other.

 

2.1.5 Understand our history, learn to make decisions and take actions for the sake of future

generations of all our relations.

 

2.1.6 Teach our children well, let them grow.

3. 7 Sacred Laws

3.1. Zonngide'ewin

To live with a solid, strong heart. (Courage)

 

3.2. Debwewin

To speak to the extent of our lived experience. (Truth)

 

3.3. Dabasendiziwin

To think lower of oneself in relation to all that sustains us. (Humility)

 

3.4. Manaaji'idiwin

To go easy on one another and all of Creation. (Respect)

 

3.5. Zaagi'idiwin

Unconditional love between one another including all of Creation, humans and nonhumans.

(Love)

3.6. Gwayakwaadiziwin

To live correctly and with virtue. (Honesty)

 

3.7. Nibwaakaawin

To live with vision. (Wisdom)

4. Mino-Bimaadiziwin

 

4.1. Gikendaasowin (Our way of Knowing)

Our original knowledge and way of knowing. Gikendaasowin is the body of knowledge

that informs us of our origins, way of life, way of being, and worldview.

 

4.2. Enawendawin (All my Relations)

Our original way of relating to Spirit, each other and all of Creation. Enawendawin is an

all-inclusive relationship that honours the interconnectedness of all relationships. It recognizes

and honours the human place and responsibility within the family of Creation.

 

4.3. Inaadiziwin (Our way of Behaving; Values)

Our original behaviour, values, way of life and being Anishinaabe in the fullest sense. The

development of the highest quality of Anishinaabe personhood, connected to the earth and in

relation to all Creation.

 

4.4. Izhichigewin (Our way of Doing)

Our original way of doing things. It is our way of taking action with the life skills we need

as Anishinaabeg to live effectively in the world and contribute to building quality of living and

quality of community.

 

4.5. Anishinaabemowin (Our way of Speaking; Language)

Our original way of speaking that enables us to communicate with Creation, Spirit, and

one another.

 

4.6. Inendamowin (Our Worldview)

The Anishinaabe philosophy and worldview. Inendamowin represents our original way of

thinking, perceiving and formulating thought that resonates with our Anishinaabe beliefs and

foundational truths.

 

4.7. Gidakiiminan (Our Land Connection)

Our original connection and relationship to the land and all of Creation. Gidakiiminaan is

the experience of knowing and understanding the relationships that exist throughout Creation,

and understanding our own roles and responsibilities to uphold this relationship. This

connection is the primary shaper of Anishinaabe identity and informs us our environmental

ethic.

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