The principles of Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin (living a good life) embody and reflect the teachings of the Anishinaabe people of the Treaty Three territory. These principles, in relation to our many original instructions and teachings, provide an outline of what it means to live and learn as Anishinaabe. At Seven Generations Education Institute, we aim to integrate the Mino-Bimaadiziwin principles into educational programming.
Our original way of speaking that enables us to communicate with Creation, Spirit, and one another.
Our original behaviour, values, way of life and being Anishinaabe in the fullest sense. The development of the highest quality of Anishinaabe personhood, connected to the earth and in relation to all Creation.
The Anishinaabe philosophy and worldview. Inendamowin represents our original way of thinking, perceiving and formulating thought that resonates with our Anishinaabe beliefs and foundational truths.
Our original knowledge and way of knowing. Gikendaasowin is the body of knowledge that informs us of our origins, way of life, way of being, and worldview.
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.
Our original way of relating to Spirit, each other and all of Creation. Enawendawin is an all-inclusive relationship that honours the interconnectedness of all relationships. It recognizes and honours the human place and responsibility within the family of Creation.
Our original connection and relationship to the land and all of Creation. Gidakiiminaan is the experience of knowing and understanding the relationships that exist throughout Creation, and understanding our own roles and responsibilities to uphold this relationship. This connection is the primary shaper of Anishinaabe identity and informs us our environmental ethic.