Kizhay Ottiziwin: To Walk With Kindness and Kinship

Vicki Kelly


Forty years ago, I was sitting beside Poohbah Lake, a part of my homeland. I was deeply engaged in a process I would now describe as attunement and prayer; I was asking Gzhwe Mnidoo and the Ancestors to guide me on my way. I longed to be a living being of kindness and useful to Creation by honouring my kinship to All My Relations. As my moccasined feet gently walked the land, I wanted to honour each and everything as created, to open my heart, and to regard each being with reverence and respect. I learned to hold these teachings as they were offered. As I grew older, I understood the enormous gift I was given to witness Creation as it had been created by Gzhwe Mnidoo. This learning legacy seared itself into my heart and spirit. As I wander my life journey I return to the teachings of my people, the Anishinaabe; I continue to seek an honourable way to walk. This Indigenous Métissage tells the story of my search for Mino Bimaadiziwin through the practice of Kizhay Ottiziwin.


Anishinaabe teachings; Indigenous education; walking pedagogy; Mino Bimaadiziwin; Kizhay Ottiziwin

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