Relationship to land is at the heart of Indigenous original ways of knowing and being. Distinct Indigenous groups across what is now Canada have a relationship with the land that is unique to them. Values of reciprocity, respect, balance, and interconnection to being well or overall wellness (spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, cultural) are central to learning from the land. A tree is rooted into the earth, yet as it grows, it reaches up towards the spirit world in the sky.[1] A tree reminds us of our relationship with Father Sky while connecting us to Mother Earth. 

Showing gratitude to the land reflects Indigenous ways of knowing and being. There are many ways to show appreciation and gratitude. When some First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI) Peoples are hunting, or harvesting plants, medicines, or items from the land used for ceremonies, they will offer prayers, thanks, and ceremonial tobacco to the land.

In this activity, students will similarly practice showing gratitude to the land for what it provides for us. This activity acts as a beginning entry point towards a deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being relating to the land. Developing and maintaining positive relationships with Indigenous Peoples is integral when learning Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

[1] McIntosh, L. G. (1995). Native Studies: Early Years (K-4). Retrieved from Manitoba Education and Learning: