National Indigenous History Month and Lessons for Everyday Life
Every June we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage, diversity, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada. This celebration began on June 13, 1996 when Governor General Roméo LeBlanc announced the government’s intention to have an annual, national celebration of Indigenous peoples through the recognition of National Indigenous History Month and designating June 21st as the Indigenous Peoples Day. As we celebrate this day, it is also an opportunity to learn about, appreciate, and acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, past and present, in the shaping of the Canada we all enjoy today.
A significant contribution of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada is the sharing of their oral history and teachings, through stories and illustrations. Today, we would like to take a moment to learn about a teaching shared by the Anishinaabeg (plural form of Anishinaabe) People who live in parts of Canada and the United States, primarily concentrated around the great lakes. These teachings can impact your thoughts, decisions, and actions, encouraging you to live a more connected, happy, and peaceful life.
This teaching is called the Seven Grandfather Teachings. It is a guiding moral foundation of values, each represented by a specific animal, to teach us the lessons of Humility, Bravery, Honesty, Wisdom, Truth, Respect, and Love.
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