How do we instill our original morals, values, virtues, and principles in Indigenous children and young people today? Monica Tsethlikai, Ph.D., shares an important first step: “We have to return to the original instructions given to our people. When we return to our original instructions, we embrace the sacredness in our children and in ourselves.” This can be done through empathy, mentorship, honesty, and the establishment of clear boundaries in the family and community. Indigenous parenting often focuses on teaching children and teens to become active contributing members of their families and the community by asking them, “What kind of person do you want to be in life?”
This piece was written by Andrea Landry, a member of the Pays Plat First Nation and part of the Anishinaabe Nation (Ojibway).