Here in Tkaronto, Chi Miigwetch is the first word that many of us learn when we join the Anishnawbe Health Traditional Indigenous healing community. And, those of us who are taking our Medicine Walks very seriously have learned that Chi Miigwetch opens peoples' hearts in a way that other medicines cannot.
Because humans have forgotten that we (all of Chi Manitou's children) are related and connected, we have begun to think we are superior to our relatives in the other families of beings. We jeer at Pigeon and call her mean names like "flying rat" instead of taking the time to get to know her and to learn her lessons. We elect leaders who allow cruel spikes on windowsills and rooftops, glass-walled skyscrapers that kill hundreds of thousands every year instead of learning how to love and live in harmony with her.