Culture is at the heart of everything we do.
The connection to cultural traditions and Indigenous roots is essential to the delivery of our services, and supporting families and children.
Over the years, Dilico has made it a priority to give our children the opportunity to know where they came from, to help them identify the need of belonging to our communities as they grow up, and to be connected to our grandparents and Elders’ teachings at a young age.
During a ceremony with the Dilico Elders Committee and Youth Council in 2019, Dilico’s Spirit Names were retrieved: Animkii Binesi (Thunder Bird) and Migizi (Eagle).
Healing through culture and connection.
Our work strives to deliver holistic education and programming of cultural relevance to our families and children. All children and youth are influenced by the people they are surrounded with—their family, culture and their community.
Maintaining cultural connections.
Culture can take on a variety of meanings to people. For some, culture can be tradition and history, it can encompass values and beliefs, even spirituality and the environment. For others it can be a way of life, or an activity.
It’s important to the Dilico family to remember where we started, how far we have come, and how Elders have helped us get to where we are today.
Parents and caregivers are our children’s very first teachers and it’s essential that we introduce them to culture at a young age. Identity plays a key role in healthy child development, and culture and tradition is really what is at the centre of Anishinabek people.
Elders play an important role in passing on traditions, with teachings and values, to help our youth and families grow and find happiness.
Connecting back to roots through the Anishinabek way of life.
Teachings in the Anishinabek culture have been traditionally passed down from generation to generation, through stories and ceremonies. The teachings of all lndigenous cultures encompass the morals, values, structures, ceremonial practices, and spiritual beliefs, while also ensuring the survival of our people and culture.
The Seven Grandfather Teachings
The Seven Grandfather Teachings are the most commonly shared teachings across the country. Many communities have adopted the guiding principals, in one form or another, as a moral stepping stone and cultural foundation.
The Seven Grandfather Teachings connect the past and present and symbolize much of what defines Minobimaadiziwin (living well). Many try to weave the lessons into daily life each as a teaching tool for living the good life.
These teachings remain at the heart of Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. They continue to strengthen the framework of our organization, families and employees, and share a message of traditional values, hope and respect for all things, while facilitating the potential to learn.
1. Dabaadendiziwin: Humility
2. Minaadendamowin: Respect
3. Gwekwaadiziwin: Honesty
4. Zaagi'idiwin: Love
5. Zoongide'ewin: Courage
6. Nibwaakaawin: Wisdom
7. Debwewin: Truth
Learn more about specific cultural teachings:
- Smudging: A Ceremony of Preparation & Healing
- Four Sacred Medicines for Daily Life & Ceremonies
- The Importance of the Eagle Feather
- The Circle – P1 | The Circle – P2 | The Circle – P3
- Zeegwung (Spring) – A Time of Renewal
- The Hand Drum: It’s Cultural Significance
- Ojibway Language and People iPhone App