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Philosophy and Values

We observe and value the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

The Seven Teachings

According to the Anishinaabe worldview, humans did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Therefore, kinship among all of creation, not the mastery of our relatives (other humans, animals, plants, etc.) is vital to harmonious living. To adhere to this philosophy is to be guided by the following values

    Inendizowin (Humility)

  • Recognize oneself as an equal part of creation
  • Be careful what one says around others
  • Demonstrate empathy to others
  • Be respectful of the thoughts and ideas of others
  • Recognize one's weaknesses and acknowledge the capacity for self-growth
  • Develop and practice good listening and observation skills

    Debwewin (Truth)

  • Speak as honestly as one can according to one's perception
  • Be loyal in all relationships
  • Avoid hypocrisy

    Zoongide'iwin (Courage)

  • Face difficult situations with bravery
  • Acknowledge one's personal weaknesses and develop strength to combat them
  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and speak when asked

    Gwayakwaadiziwin (Honesty)

  • Maintain truthfulness, sincerity, and fairness in all one's actions
  • Possess the ability to manage confidential information
  • Communicate with others fairly and truthfully

    Manaaji'idiwin (Respect)

  • Accept cultural, religious, and gender differences
  • Maintain high standards of conduct at all times
  • Safeguard the dignity, individuality, and rights of others
  • Practice ethical behavior at all times

    Zaagi'idiwin (Love)

  • Work cooperatively and harmoniously with others
  • Show kindness and compassion
  • Demonstrate acceptance and the empowerment of others
  • Offer hope, encouragement, and inspiration

    Nibwaakaawin (Wisdom)

  • Seek guidance from elders and advisors
  • Take time to reflect upon experiences
  • Acknowledge the opportunity to learn from others
  • Persist in acquiring knowledge and improving skills
  • Strive to accomplish goals and dreams