The Seven Sacred Teachings

The Seven Sacred Teachings of Indigenous Peoples of Canada

We are all alike in so many ways. Regardless of religion or cultural beliefs, we all have principles that guide our lives. You may wish to reflect on the principles that guide our lives through The Seven Grandfather Teachings that have been shared with us by the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

The traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the foundation of the Indigenous peoples way of life are built around the seven sacred teachings (natural laws). Although details of the teachings may differ from nation to nation, the basic teachings are the same. These teachings offer direction for anyone wishing to have a balanced and peaceful life.

Each teaching is represented by an animal which may differ between nations, depending on which animals are naturally present in that region. This representation is to help keep the Aboriginal way of life in balance with the natural laws. The animal world teaches us how to live close to the Earth and reminds us of our connection to nature. Indigenous peoples spent thousands of years evolving with these close connections. The representation in this presentation is one perspective of a sampling of nations in a country that holds hundreds of diverse nations. These animals are from the Anishinabe - Ojibwe - teachings.

In receiving these sacred teachings from the Creator, First Nations, Metis and Inuit people were told to always respect Mother Earth. To show real respect is to share and give of yourself for the benefit of all life. We are all a part of the great circle of life, thus we must show respect for one another in order to have a good life.

Take time to reflect on each of these Seven Sacred Teachings and how we all live our lives with similar guiding principles. What role does each play in the person you are or want to be?