First Nations Studies 2217F/G Lecture Notes - Idle No More

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Lecture 1
Iroquois & Ojibwa Culture
o Iroquois
Focus on peace and justice
Vision Relating Knowing Doing (counterclockwise)
Everyone is granted a “fire” or “spirit” (interchangeable)
Encouragement in a certain direction/way very important
Having a good mind, carry it with you no matter how bad it is
to resolve problems
“One Mind” – part of consensual democracy, to achieve in your
dialogue/debates/discussion to come to “one mind”
Three major clans
Bear Clan Medicine people
Turtle Clan - Agenda
Wolf Clan Fire Keepers
o Ojibwa
Focus on kindness
The Seven Teachings
What directs kindness
Also helped directed hunting, gathering, trade, etc.
Still a part of communities today
Ability to see/having a vision
How you relate to the world, families, etc.
Knowledge
Capacity/Doing what you can do in the world
See Relate Know Do (clockwise)
o Dish With One Spoon Treaty
Area, including London
To be shared by the two tribes for hunting, etc.
Predates colonial times
Reverence for stories and culture
o Stories told/taught by Elders
o Reverence for Mother Earth, wholeism, etc.
o Responsibility, reciprocity, synergy
“Idle No More Movement”
o About identity and culture as well as politics (Bill C35, Bill C38, etc.)
o Flash-mobs, etc.
o Environmental concerns

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Vision relating knowing doing (counterclockwise) Everyone is granted a fire or spirit (interchangeable) Encouragement in a certain direction/way very important. Having a good mind, carry it with you no matter how bad it is to resolve problems. One mind part of consensual democracy, to achieve in your dialogue/debates/discussion to come to one mind . Wolf clan fire keepers: ojibwa. Also helped directed hunting, gathering, trade, etc. How you relate to the world, families, etc. Capacity/doing what you can do in the world. See relate know do (clockwise: dish with one spoon treaty. To be shared by the two tribes for hunting, etc. Reverence for stories and culture: stories told/taught by elders, reverence for mother earth, wholeism, etc, responsibility, reciprocity, synergy.