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Dakelh Holistic Learning Model Rotatable: Home

The poster on the left rotates if you click on the rings. You can also click and hold to drag the rings.
The Dakelh Holistic Learning Model is not a static model. This rotatable model represents how each aspect is equally important and interconnected in many ways. Even the seasons blend into each other which represents our connection to the land through seasonal rounds. Seasonal rounds are not necessarily the four seasons but rather time and space in alignment and connection with our ecosystems. It may span months to years from time immemorial to infinity. Some Dakelh even identify two spring times. It's all about paying attention to our surroundings, ourselves and understanding how we are a part of it all.
The center is all of creation; we placed Hoduleh-a (the learner) at the center as we're all learning.
We learn amongst our community.
The values are integral to our ways of knowing.
We learn these through the three lenses of Protocol, Language, and Land/Experiential Learning
The seasonal rounds and water are the foundation of our learning and existence. Water is Life.
We greatly appreciate the contributions of the numerous participants in the development of this Dakelh Holistic Lifelong Learning Model. This model was developed in collaboration with local and regional Dakelh Elders in 2013 through a series of consultation meetings. It has been approved for use by the Lheidli T'enneh. We acknowledge that Indigenous worldviews vary from community to community and honour the diversity of Indigenous knowledges.

Understanding the Back of the Poster

Planning Tools

Connections to 7 Sacred Teachings

The Seven Sacred Teachings / Seven Grandfather Teachings are a traditional model of lifelong learning from the Anishinaabe peoples of Manitoba. As we move away from a pan-Indigenous approach towards understanding each Nation has unique ways of knowing, worldviews and values we hope that teachers will transition towards positioning the local knowledge of the territory as foremost.

Why position local knowledge ahead of others?

"If not here, then where?" - Jo Chrona, FNESC 2022

If the knowledge of Lheidli is not prioritized on their own territory it is in danger of being lost. It is okay to make connections to other teachings across Canada, but it is important to show that they are distinct.

How do we connect them?

There is not a one to one correspondence between these and the Dakelh Enduring Values and Understandings, though they are both rooted in a model of holistic lifelong learning. Each interconnects with all the others to make the whole view of learning.

Dakelh Enduring Value and Understanding Seven Sacred Teachings

Truth and Honesty