First Nation traditional concepts of respect and sharing are the foundation for the way of life and are built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings. The teachings honour the basic qualities for a full and healthy life (St. Elizabeth website, Elder Care curriculum, 2013)
The Seven Sacred teachings are represented by animal’s that is meant to represent the embodiment of that particular teaching. The animal world teaches men how to live connected to the earth and the respect of all life. (thesharingcircle.com; website accessed, 2013)
The SEVEN SACRED TEACHINGS include:
The Eagle is able to reach the highest point of all creatures. This teaching recognizes that true love is connected to the Creator. Love that is given to the Creator is expressed through love of self as without the love of self it is impossible to love others.
The Beaver uses its gifts as a way to survive. If he did not use his teeth in the way he does to build his home they would grow until they were not useful to him. The Beaver teaches us that communities are built upon the gifts of each of its members. These gifts given by the Creator are important and necessary to use as a way to create communities of health and peace.
To know the truth is to know and understand all of the original laws as given by the Creator and to be faithful to them. Grandmother Turtle was present when the Creator mad man and gave him the seven sacred laws. It was the Grandmother Turtle who was to ensure that the laws would not be lost or forgotten.
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