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ayâkwâmisiwin
‘Careful Thought’

Knowledge Space

Awakening people to the importance of Indigenous knowledge in today’s world.

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ayâkwâmisiwin

Careful Thought – being full of care in your thinking

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miyo-mâmitonêyihtamowina

Good Thoughts – having a good thought process; focused, careful thinking

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kanâtêyihtamowin

Clean Thoughts – clean, in this sense, means having good, kind, respectful intentions

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miywêyihtamowin

Happiness – to see something and feel good about it

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Much careful thought has gone into the creation of this Knowledge Space.

The Elders of kêhtê-ayak, the Elders’ Council of First Nations University of Canada, welcome you, and in choosing to share some of their knowledge, they ask that you kindly practice careful thought as well. The nêhiyawak (Plains Cree) words above are some guiding words reflecting the spirit and intentions within “careful thought.

What are the words in your language that reflect these same intentions?

NCCIE invites you to read the Introduction, then begin your learning journey with the videos found in the eastern direction in the circle above.*

*NCCIE recognizes that the Medicine Circle is distinct to many but not all Indigenous Peoples. It is represented here in the NCCIE Knowledge Space as one learning tool among the many that exist, given the location of NCCIE’s host, the First Nations University of Canada, in Saskatchewan. In the prairies, the Medicine Circle is central to many Indigenous Peoples’ cultures and ceremonies.

‡NCCIE expresses gratitude to Professor Solomon Ratt for providing the voice recordings so you can hear the pronunciation of the Cree words surrounding the circle above. Professor Ratt is a Woods Cree speaker and educator from Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan and an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures at First Nations University of Canada, Regina, SK.