We offer thanks (gratitude) to nature.
We show respect to the land by taking care of it.
The land helps us breathe.
kinanâskomitin = I thank you
Marsee = Thank you
The land provides us food and shelter.
Indigenous languages and knowledge connect to the land.
Indigenous stories and ceremonies are connected to the land.
The land is like our mother.
“Knowledge and ways of knowing are embedded in languages: Indigenous languages contain knowledge about these lands, the earth, and how to live in harmony with it and each other…”
Makokis, D. J., Shirt, M. V., Chisan, S. L., Mageau, A. Y., & Steinhauer, D. M. (2010). mâmawi-nehiyaw iyinikahiwewin: Social Science and Humanities Research Council Project Final Report. Blue Quills First Nations College. From https://www.bluequills.ca/wp
“The land is a sacred trust from the Creator. The land is the giver of life like a mother. ”
Littlebear, D. L. (2009). Naturalizing Indigenous Knowledge: Synthesis Paper. Canadian Council on Learning Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre. From http://neatoeco.com/iwise3/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/NaturalizingIndigenousKnowledge_LeroyLittlebear.pdf
Niá:wen = Thank you
Mahsi’ choo = Thank you very much
Nitsiniiyi'taki = I thank you
Yawʌko - A big thank you
Nakurmiik = Thank you