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The teachings of our ancestors and elders are within our reach and our understanding. They tell us that we are all related and connected to everything else: everything on earth, the sky, the stars and the whole universe. Being related and connected warrants respect. We hold everything and everyone with high regard.
The earth, referred to in cultural teachings as our Mother, provides for us just like our own biological mothers: food, clothing, protection, safety, and security. Sometimes, we overlook our connection to her and we forget to treat Mother Earth as our ancestors instructed.
The time to practice the teachings of our ancestors and elders is now. We can start by being more aware and respectful of our environment. Keep it simple by taking shorter showers and by turning off the water in between scrubs when we brush our teeth. We can grow our own food and use plant-based food scraps for composting. We can reduce weekly household waste by recycling or reusing. We can lend our voices to speak on behalf of Mother Earth by writing letters or by joining an environmental demonstration march or workshop.
Whatever the action, it starts with awareness. To help you get started, the Native Wellness Institute is pleased to offer this beautiful set of posters, free, for you to print and share in your community. Our future generations and Mother Earth are counting on us!
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