Indigenous Education-Knowledge for All

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We acknowledge that our place of work and play is on the unceded traditional territory of the Secwepemc and the Syilx people. We are honoured and grateful to build community here and to learn together each day.

Activity Seven – Love

Lesson: To know love is to know peace. Love is considered the greatest and most powerful healing medicine. Love must be unconditional and in being so it is given without asking or expecting anything in return. When people are weak they need our love the most. As an animal guide, the Bald Eagle represents love and is in the core of all the sacred teachings. It has the ability to fly the closest to the Creator and has a keen ability of sight to see all ways of being. Finding an eagle feather is a sacred gift to people and is considered an honour. The eagle calls us to be at peace with ourselves and express our unconditional love to our family, friends, and those people in our community.

Activity: Love all people and all creatures of the world and this love will be returned to you. How do you know when someone loves you? What are their words or actions that show unconditional love? List 20 actions that people do to show that they love someone unconditionally. Examples: A mother will kiss her child when they hurt themselves. A stranger will put money in an expired parking meter. *Remember these are actions that people do without expecting anything in return*

Colouring page for the Eagle Colouring

Secwepemc Word of the Week has been provided by the First Voices website.

**please note that dialects may vary from area to area and words may be different

This word for this week is “Bald Eagle” is “Spelqweqs” and it is pronounced “spelt-lox’”

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Activity Six – Humility

Lesson: Humility is having a modest view of one’s own importance. It’s taking responsibility for our actions and being filled with gratitude for what we have. We avoid becoming arrogant and self-important and instead praise the success of others. It is about knowing when to set aside our own needs for the needs of another; to be equal with others, not better. The wolf represents humility because they have a giving nature and they live their lives for the success of their pack. The ultimate shame for a wolf is to be an outcast. Being like the wolf is knowing and accepting ourselves as a sacred part of Creation.

ActivityBrainstorm a list of 10 people who perform thankless jobs that make your life easier. Examples could be nurses, teachers, librarians, truck drivers, custodians, etc. Select one from your list that you could deliver a thank you card to. You might know this person very well or someone that you see once in awhile. With materials found at home create a thank you card for this person and have it delivered to that person.

Colouring page for the Wolf Colouring

Secwepemc Word of the Week has been provided by the First Voices website.

**please note that dialects may vary from area to area and words may be different

This word for this week is “Wolf” is “Melemstye” and it is pronounced “melum-stee-a”

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Activity Five – Honesty

Lesson: Honesty comes from within. It’s about being honest with yourself in all that you say, do, and think. If we can’t be honest with ourselves, we can’t be honest with others. When we lie or do something bad then try to hide it from others it eats away at our spirit or conscience. The sasquatch represents honesty because it accepts its self and is not ashamed of what it is. Recognize and accept all that you are then use those gifts that you have been blessed with. Honestly begins with you! Let it flow from within to all those around you. Help create a better and stronger world by your words, actions, and your thoughts.

Activity: As a fun activity play “Two Truths and a Lie” with your household members or a friend. How the game is played. One person lists three facts about themselves (two are true and one is a lie). The other people then try to guess which one is a lie.

Colouring page for the Sasquatch Colouring

Secwepemc Word of the Week has been provided by the First Voices website.

**please note that dialects may vary from area to area and words may be different

This word for this week is “Sasquatch” is “Sqwext” and it is pronounced “skloft”

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Activity Four- Wisdom

Lesson: Wisdom is also known as intelligence or knowledge. Wisdom is being able to predict the outcome of your actions and to use your gifts to help make the world a better place. The beaver represents wisdom because he knows how to use his natural gifts to survive and to care for his family. The Creator gave the beaver two sharp teeth and the skills to cut down trees to make a home and care for its family. If the beaver did not use his skills his teeth would continue to grow and he would not be able to survive and eventually die. We are called to be like the beaver to discover what our gifts are and to use them to help better ourselves, our families, our communities, and ultimately the world.

Activity: Make a list of all of your gifts and special abilities. For each one briefly write how your gifts help others. For example, if you play an instrument maybe it helps others by bringing music and joy into their lives. If you are a good listener it helps others to feel heard and be respected by you for taking the time to be a good friend.

Colouring page for the Beaver Colouring

Secwepemc Word of the Week has been provided by the First Voices website.

**please note that dialects may vary from area to area and words may be different

This word for this week is “Beaver” is “Sqlu7uwi ” and it is pronounced “Sklow-oo-ee ”

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Activity Three – Respect

Lesson: Respect is an attitude. The Indigenous way was to honour all creation, all life, because they knew how everything was connected and in perfect balance. The buffalo is the animal that represents respect because of how it gave itself over to provide for the people. Indigenous families in return respected this sacrifice and used every part of the buffalo for food, shelter, clothing, utensils, and medicine. With Earth Day upon us we are called to show this respect to Mother Earth and all of her resources. Live honourably, do not waste, share and give away what you do not need, and treat others the way you wish to be treated.

 Medicine Wheel

Activity:  Students (and/or families) can build a Medicine Wheel for Earth Day. Adopted by many Indigenous Peoples, the Medicine Wheel represents teachings common to many Nations. They can be made one out of paper, created on line, or made outside using natural materials. They can be decorated with beads and feathers or other materials that might represent the person or family or the Earth and all her beings. Both the colours and terms on this Medicine wheel may differ from person to person, family to family, or community to community. Next, find ways to show gratitude to the Earth by talking about, representing, or writing in each part what you are thankful for in all matters of the Earth: earth, air, water, and fire. Students, or families, can even make a commitment of respect and responsibility for each component.

 “Man belongs to the Earth…

The Earth does not belong to the man.”

Sitting Bull

Secwepemc Word of the Week has been provided by the First Voices website.**please note that dialects may vary from area to area and words may be different

This word for this week is “Buffalo” is “Qwisp” and it is pronounced “kweesp

Click here for a colouring page for the Buffalo Colouring

 

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Activity Two – Courage

 

Through the weeks we are going to be exploring The 7 Sacred Teachings.  Love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth.  Many Indigenous communities have used these 7 teachings as a moral stepping stone and a foundation for living.  The animal world would have taught man how to live so each teaching is linked to a quality that a particular animal possesses.

 

Courage

Lesson: Having courage means to have the ability to face danger, fear, or changes. The bear represents courage because of its strength to overcome many challenges. For example, a mother bear will stand up to any threat to protect her cubs. As we make our way through the days our challenge is to stand up and face our obstacles and fears like the bear. Awaken the potential within you and stand up for your community, your family, and yourself.

Activity: In your experiences, have you ever displayed courage? Have you ever stood up for what is right? Was there ever a time that you were brave enough to ask someone for help in a difficult situation. If so, when did it happen and what were the circumstances? Write in your journal or share your experiences with members of your household. How are you showing courage today while dealing with the Corona Virus?

Secwepemc Word of the Week has been provided by the First Voices website.  **please note that dialects may vary from area to area and words may be different**

This word for this week is “Bear” is “Skleqs” and it is pronounced “sklox

Click here for a colouring page for the bear Bear Colouring

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Activity One

Video Clip: Healing Tools & Methods with Gerry Oldman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUiDIaAQYBo