Seven Values Framework

The Seven Values of the Anishinaabe are the teachings of our ancestors. These foundational values were given to the people to guide the way we live our life; as such, the Seven Values provide the philosophical framework for this strategic plan.

  • Nibwaakaawin – Wisdom: To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom. Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.
  • Zaagi’idiwin—Love: To know peace is to know Love. Love must be unconditional. When people are challenged emotionally and financially they become fearful of their situation. Anishinaabeg is reminded to love the people; the children; and the environment.
  • Minaadendamowin—Respect: To honor all creation is to have Respect. All of creation should be treated with respect. You must give respect if you wish to be respected.
  • Aakode’ewin—Bravery: Bravery is to face the foe with integrity. In the Anishinaabe language, this word literally means “state of having a fearless heart.” To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.
  • Gwayakwaadiziwin—Honesty: Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.
  • Dabaadendiziwin—Humility: Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation. In the Anishinaabe language, this word can also mean “compassion.” You are equal to others, but you are not better.
  • Debwewin—Truth: Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.

Anishinaabemowin “Speaking the Native Language”

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