by Margot Landahl
The Six Cedar Trees offers key traditional teachings connecting people’s relationships with the land. Near the school playground there were six tall cedar trees and as eagle flew among the trees he listened carefully to the messages each tree shared about its life and connection to the creatures living in the area of the Tsawwassen First Nation of British Columbia. Each tree provided a teaching such as the wolf’s communication strength that comes from cooperating, listening with respect and sharing. Students are encouraged to acknowledge and give thanks for the cedars and the wolf, raven (creative and playful), salmon (critical thinking and perseverance), bear (find balance), beaver (cooperate), and orca whale (importance of family). This resource published by Strong Nations Publishing provides an excellent way to introduce character education with cultural knowledge and introduce key animals, birds and water creatures from the Pacific Northwest Coast.