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Nature's Law
Spiritual Life, Governance, Culture, Traditions, Resources, Context and Background
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Survival for All Beings

Indigenous Peoples

Constitutional rights
and responsibilities

Social Reality

Rights of
Interpretation

Origin of
Interpretation

Exercised as a
People

Definition of People

Great Turtle Island

Relationships

Equality

Survival for
All Beings

Survival for
the People

Right to Exist

Implications

The Land

Spirit of the Land

Judicial and Fiscal Order

Empowering

Visual representation of nature's laws


Nature’s Laws guarantees the Right of Survival for all beings, including the People.1

One principle enunciated by all Indigenous people is that Nature’s Laws establishes survival. No comprehension of Indigenous understanding can be complete unless this basic notions is returned to over and over again:

I could say that (all) this is mine, but it's not. It's the Creator's. I only have the right to use it, to borrow it before I return it to Mother Earth so she can replenish it. Everything is equal; everyone has a right to exist. Frank Weaselhead, Blood, April 2003.

If the resources of a certain area were being depleted, and especially the animals showing signs of weakness, we picked up camp and moved to another area in the country where the game was plentiful. The whole idea was that the people had to survive, yes. But also that the animals had to rejuvenate. Everything had to survive. Wayne Roan, April 2003.

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