On Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 the Sustainability Leadership Cohort had the privilege of meeting with the Cohort’s Cultural Elder/Advisor Dolly Potts. Dolly Potts brought her wisdom of the Seven Grandfather Teachings to the SLC students. The Seven Grandfather teachings that Dolly shared with the students were:
- Wisdom (Nepuakan) – To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom.
- Love (Tapānetowak) – To know love is to know peace.
- Respect (Menācehaew) – To honour all of creation is to have respect.
- Truth (Onāmow) – Truth is to know yourself as a sacred part of creation.
- Courage (Kan osāehkesenan) – Courage is to face the foe with integrity.
- Humility (Wiskew – enātesew) – Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of creation.
- Honesty (Onāmow) – Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave.
After the students were taught the seven grandfather teachings, Dolly gave them the opportunity to utilize them in real life situation examples. The students got together in their lesson plan groups with their mentors and discussed how their given problem could be solved using the seven grandfather teachings. The groups then presented their findings to the whole group. The students did a wonderful job and really connected their traditional cultural knowledge to day to day situations.
Dolly also gave the students a wonderful tool to the students by having them create their own 7 grandfather teaching jars. The students created jars that were decorated with the beautiful 7 grandfather teachings logo and put in a different colored popsicle stick for each teaching. The students then labeled the sticks with the teachings. Dolly taught them how to play a game with the sticks. The students were instructed to play this game with other younger youths/their family to teach them about the 7 grandfather teachings. During the game the players would take turns picking a stick from the jar and then tell a story about how they or someone they know acted that portrayed whatever teaching was on their stick.
The SLC time with Dolly was very appreciated and the students learned a lot about the 7 Grandfather teachings and many ways to utilize them.