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POLE #1: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We learn by listening to traditional stories; by listening to our parents or guardians, our fellow students and our teachers. We learn by their behaviors and their reminders, so that we know what is right and what is wrong. Exodus 20:12 Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise: ‘so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’ And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 1 Peter 1 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’
POLE #2: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We must give honor to our Elders and fellow students and the strangers that come to visit our community. We must honor other peoples’ basic rights. Romans 13:7 Pay to all what is due to them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour to whom honour is due. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labour among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
POLE # 3: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We are not above or below others in the circle of life. We feel humbled when we understand our relationship with Creation. We are so small compared to the majestic expanse of Creation. “We are just a strand in a web of life,” and we respect and value life. Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 1 Peter 5:5 And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Sirach 10:28-29 My child, honour yourself with humility, and give yourself the esteem you deserve. Who will acquit those who condemn themselves? And who will honour those who dishonour themselves?
POLE #4: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We must show some enthusiasm to encourage others at social functions. Our actions will make our ancestors happy in the next world. Proverbs 8:32-34 And now, my children, listen to me: happy are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Happy is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. Psalms 41:1 Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
POLE #5: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES If we are to live in harmony we must accept one another as we are and to accept others who are not in our circle. Love means to be kind and good to the other. Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Mark 12:28-31 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” John 15:13 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. KMi8/s400/Love+do+what+makes+you.gi
POLE #6: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We must learn to believe and trust others, to believe in a power greater than ourselves whom we worship and who gives us strength to be a worthy member of the human race. Isaiah 26:2-4 Open the gates, so that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you. Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
POLE #7: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES Our family is important to us. This includes our parents, our brothers and sisters who love us and gives us roots, the roots that tie us to the life blood of the earth. It also includes extended family: grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and their in-laws and children. There are brothers and sisters and they give us a sense of belonging to a community. 1 Timothy 5:1-4 Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity. Honour widows who are really widows. If a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some repayment to their parents; for this is pleasing in God’s sight. Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their parents.
POLE #8: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We must learn not to inflict ills on others, for we do it to ourselves. Clean thoughts come from a clean mind and this comes from Indian spirituality. Good health habits also reflect a clean mind. Psalms 24:3-4 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. Matthew 6:16 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ackinolty-chips-cleanliness-is-next-to-godliness.jpg
POLE #9: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We learn to give thanks for all the kind things others do for us and for the Creator’s bounty, that we are privileged to share with others in the spirit of love. Psalm 75:1 We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks; your name is near. People tell of your wondrous deeds. Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
POLE #10: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We learn to be part of the family by helping in providing food or other basic needs. This is sharing responsibilities in order to enjoy them. Luke 3:10-11 And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Acts 2:44-45 All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceed to all, as any had need.
POLE #11: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We must learn to be patient in times of trouble and not to complain but to endure and show understanding. We must accept difficulties and tragedies so that we may give others strength to accept their own difficulties and tragedies. Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Isaiah 40:28-31 The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and grow weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
POLE #12: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES Children are unique and blessed with the gift of life. We are responsible for their well-being, spirituality, emotionally, physically and for their intellectual development. They represent the continuity of our circle of life which we perceive to be the Creators’ will. Proverbs 20:7 The righteous walk in integrity – happy are the children who follow them. Proverbs 22:6 Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. Matthew 19:13-15 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
POLE #13: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We must hope for better things to make life easier for us, our families and the community, both materially and spiritually. Psalms 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning. Romans 5:3-5 We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 2 Thessalonians:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul’s Reason for Writing So Boldly.
POLE #14: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES The ultimate responsibility to achieve is “health for a balanced caring for the body, mind, emotions and the spirit of the individual, the family, the community and the nation.” Psalms 5:11-12 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favour as with a shield. John 17:11-12 Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
POLE #15: FIRST NATION VALUEBIBLICAL QUOTES We are all connected by relationships and we depend on each other. This controls and creates harmony in the circle of life. Romans 12:9-18 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil with evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depend on you, live peaceably with all.