Practising Kinship: Generations

The Seven Generations (at Pacem in Terris), based on
The Great Law of Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
Sculptor: Frederick Franck
Photograph: K. Mendes

“In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people.”
—Wilma Mankiller

This week, while remembering all the mothering within my family tree, I’ve been thinking about kinship within and between generations. How can we remember with compassion and gratitude the generations before us who gave us life? How can we do the work of healing generational trauma, so that the generations that come after us have a lighter load? What does it look like to be descendants of settlers seeking repair and reconciliation with indigenous people?

And how can we practice being good ancestors to the children who will come after us? How can we live so that our descendants seven generations from now will have a place to call home? How can we live in such a way that our speech, labour, and actions are in the service of those generations? These are guiding questions that provide direction for a lifetime.

To me, this is spiritual labour. It is also the labour of mothering. We want our labour to be nourishing. We want to see creatures flourish. We do the work necessary to foster growth, in ourselves and in others, for the good of the world. 

Deep peace and blessings.


Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor of the Church at Southpoint

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Speaker: Nadia VanderKuip
Kinship III

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Kinship IV

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