Thursday, June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. Most of you know that Widjiitiwin means fellowship in the Ojibwa language, part of the #Anishinaabe (pronounced: uh-NISH-ih-NAH-bay) first nation, the original inhabitants of the area where Widji is located.
It is said that the Anishinaabe came to earth born of the fifth element, the breath of the great spirit itself. Known as the “the good people”, theirs is a path that extends the clarity of vision to others simply through the walking of it themselves.
The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe are honesty, humility, truth, wisdom, love, respect and bravery. These virtues are also valued in our Christian culture because God is wisdom and love and truth. 1 John 4:8 & 16
2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Honesty – To achieve honesty within yourself, To recognize who and what you are , Do this and you can be honest with all others.
Humility – Humble yourself and recognize that No matter how much you think you know, You know very little of all the universe.
Truth – To learn truth, To live with truth, and To walk with truth, To speak truth.
Wisdom – To have wisdom is to know the difference between good and bad, and To know the result of your actions.
Love – Unconditional love to know that when people are weak They need your love the most, That your love is given freely, and You cannot put conditions on it, Or your love is not true.
Respect – Respect others, their beliefs, and Respect yourself. If you cannot show respect, You cannot expect respect to be given.
Bravery – To be brave is to do something right, Even if you know it’s going to hurt you.
The Thunderbird (pictured above) is the symbol of the Anishinaabe people. Thunderbird is described as an enormous bird large enough to carry a killer whale in its talons as an eagle carries a fish who is responsible for the sound of thunder. Thunder and lightning are attributed to the Thunderbird, which produces thunder by flapping its wings and lightning by opening and closing its eyes.
Read our blog for more on the Seven Grandfathers teachings.
Camp Widjiitiwin – the way camp was meant to be… relational, central, natural, reaching out, a loving community focused on Christ. It’s like coming home. It’s my camp!