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The Seven Sacred Teachings and The WDS Three Pillars of Care

I am very excited to share with you some of the learning that will take place around the Seven Sacred Teachings and the Three Pillars of Care at our school this year.
The Seven Sacred teachings is a message of values and hope for the future.  We have always aligned our teachings around the Three pillars of Care that very much support our care for all people and this place. The teachings are universal to most first nation's people. These teachings are seen in school communities from coast to coast across North America.  They are a link that ties all Native, Inuit and Metis communities together.  We know that through this learning we can gain a better understanding of how we are all connected. 
Each of the Seven Sacred Teaching honours the virtues necessary for a full and healthy life.  Each of the Teaching is embodied by an animal.  The animal world taught man how to live close to the earth; the connection that has been established between the animal world and the world of man instills a respect for all life in those who follow the traditional way. The Buffalo symbolizes Respect:  Respect is an attitude. To honour and listen to your Elders, parents and teachers is a sign of respect. The buffalo represents Respect because for as a long as we have been here, we have sustained our lives through the Buffalo in terms of clothing, food, shelter, medicine and art.
The Bear symbolizes Courage; Listen to your heart. It takes courage to do what is right. Courage is being brave in the face of life's problems. Daily challenges take courage to overcome. Never give in, never give up.
The Beaver symbolizes Wisdom; Everyone has a special gift . Show wisdom by using your gifts. Wisdom is gained through experience and knowledge. To have wisdom is to know the difference between right and wrong and to apply these qualities to your daily life.
The Eagle symbolizes Love; To be at peace with yourself and able to express love to your family, friends and community through your actions and words.
The Turtle symbolizes Truth; Always seek truth. Living the truth is living the Seven Teachings.
The Wolf symbolizes Humility; Think of others before yourself. Humility is to live your life free from arrogance, to not be boastful and to have a modest sense of your own worth.
The Raven and Sabe symbolize Honesty; Honesty is represented by either the raven or the Sabe. They both understand who they are and how to walk in their life. “Sabe reminds us to be ourselves and not someone we are not. Never lie, cheat, steal or gossip. Be honest with yourself and others. Speak from your heart. Be true to your word. Raven accepts and knows how to use this gift. Raven does not seek the power, speed or beauty of others. Know your own strengths and weakness and offer help to those who need your help and seek help if in need from those who can help you. 
Overall The Seven Sacred Teachings teach us compassion, to be kind, and to respect all living things.  By learning and living these teachings, we learn how to be happy, healthy, and how to share our gifts and love with the world.  We know that through this learning this year at WDS we can gain a better understanding of how we are all connected.   
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​Maria Spagnolo

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Maria Spagnolo
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