What is Mino-bimaadiziwin?

Anishinaabe Mino-bimaadiziwin is the Standard we are to live our life.

Creator has given us the gifts we need to live the Good Life. The education of our people must be designed to teach all to thrive in today’s world with the attitudes, skills, knowledge and intention to be to be Anishinaabe, rooted in relationship to the total environment. The following concepts each help us to understand the depth contained in this standard, this philosophy of how to live life in a good way, as Anishinaabe.

Seven is a sacred number and to help understand Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin contains a Cluster of Concepts                       

Anishinaabemowin Language

Anishinaabemowin is our original way of speaking, our way of processing and expressing thought.  It is our way of communicating with the creation, with the spirit and with one another.

Anishinaabe Inendamowin Thinking

Anishinaabe Inendamowin is our way of thinking, our beliefs, and our way of perceiving and of formulating thought.  Anishinaabe Inendamowin is the foundation of our Anishinaabe philosophy and world view.

Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin Knowing

Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin is our knowledge and way of knowing.  It is the knowledge of our origins, way of life, way of being and our world view.

Anishinaabe Inaadiziwin Being

Anishinaabe Inaadiziwin is our behaviour, our values and our 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 Izhichigewin Doing

Anishinaabe Izhichigewin is our Anishinaabe way of doing things.  It is our way of taking action and the life skills we need as Anishinaabe to live effectively in the world and contribute to building quality of living and quality of community.

Anishinaabe Enawendiwin Relating

Anishinaabe Enawendiwin is our way of relating to each other and to all of Creation.  It is an all-inclusive relationship that honours the interconnectedness of all our relations, and recognizes and honours the human place and responsibility within the family of Creation.

Gidakiiminaan Connecting to the land

Gidakiiminaan is our connection and relationship to our land and the total experience of connecting to and relating to the Earth and the environment.  This connection is the primary shaper of Anishinaabe identity, and it is this total relationship with Creation that informs our environmental ethic.

“The Road to Knowledge is Eternal. Anishinaabe education is an active process of engagement, learning, and earning that which may be given to you to carry and to pass on.” Edward Benton, during SGEI- MIKP 504

The Anishanaabe Mino-bimaadiziwin brochure may be downloaded here. It is designed to be printed and viewed that way.