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Principles of Mino Bimaadiziwin

With direction from our elders, principles of Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin embody and reflect the teachings of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe of the Treaty #3 Territory. These principles, in relation to our many original instructions and teachings, provide an outline of what it means to live and learn as Anishinaabeg.

  • Anishinaabemowin is our original way of speaking which allows us to process and express our thoughts. It is our way of communicating with Creation, with Spirit, and with one another.
  • Anishinaabe Inaadiziwin is our original behaviour, our original values and our original way of living our life and being Anishinaabe in the fullest sense. It is the development of the highest quality of Anishinaabe personhood, connected to the earth and in relationship to all Creation.
  • Anishinaabe Inendamowin is our original way of thinking, our way of perceiving and of formulating thought, resonating from our Anishinaabe beliefs – our foundational truths. Anishinaabe Inendamowin is our Anishinaabe philosophy and worldview.
  • Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin is our original knowledges and ways of knowing. It is the body of knowledge that informs us of our origins, our way of life, our way of being, and our worldview.
  • Anishinaabe Izhichigewin is 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.
  • Anishinaabe Enawendawin is our original way of relating to Spirit, to each other and to all of Creation. It is an all-inclusive relationship that honours the interconnectedness of all our relations. It recognizes and honours the human place and responsibility within the family of Creation.
  • Anishinaabe Gidakiiminaan is our original connection and relationship to the Land and all of Creation. It is the experience of knowing and understanding the relationships that exist throughout Creation, and understanding your own role and responsibility in this relationship. This connection is the primary shaper of Anishinaabe identity and it is this total relationship with Creation that informs us of our environmental ethic.

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