Seven Generations

Indigenous culture, history, and learning philosophies are a cornerstone of our school’s Strategic Plan and our everyday learning experiences at RLC.

The Seven Generations Initiative at Rosseau Lake College aims to provide a positive and inclusive learning environment that fosters confidence and growth. The strategy is built on the principle of the seven grandfather teachings of the Anishnaabeg peoples, on whose territory Rosseau Lake College resides. The seven principles are also reflected in the Rosseau Roots, which are the core values of our community and are at the essence of how your will learn with us.

The basis of Indigenous understanding is the universal idea of interconnectedness. At Rosseau Lake College we use this approach to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and history throughout the curriculum. RLC faculty member, Seven Generations Lead and member of the Anishnaabeg community of Rama First Nation, Kory Snache/Giniw, sees to it that personal growth and inclusive leadership skills are acquired through experiential learning.  Imagine yourself paddling traditional canoe routes, participating in traditional Indigenous games, learning about traditional harvesting methods, visiting Indigenous communities in the area, building traditional tools, and learning about the positive contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Understanding the importance of indigegogy and implementing the truth and reconciliation committee calls to action for education has been a primary focus of RLC and is embraced by our students. Learning and practicing Indigenous culture and teachings intensifies the bonds in our community, promotes stability and provides defined values with which your child will learn to test his or her everyday actions as well as focus on the security of future generations.

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

The Seven Grandfather Teachings are grounded in traditional Anishinaabe values, and have been passed down through generations as a guide to growing, learning, and living a good life.

Truth - Debwewin

To speak only to the extent we have lived or experienced​.

Humility ​- ​Dabasendiziwin

To think lower of oneself in relation to all that sustains us​.

Respect ​- ​Manaaji’idiwin

To go easy on one another and all of Creation.

Honesty ​- ​Gwayakwaadiziwin

To live correctly and with virtue.

Courage ​- ​Zoongide’ewin

To live with a solid, strong heart.

Wisdom ​- ​Nibwaakaawin

To live with vision.

Love ​- ​Zaagi’idiwin

Unconditional love between one another including all of Creation, humans and non-humans.