The Seventh Generation Principle date back to the writing of The Great Law of Iroquois Confederacy and is based on the philosophy that decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.
The Mohawk prophecy of the Seventh Generation tells of a time when the birds would fall from the sky. The fish would die in the water. And humanity would grow ashamed of the way they had treated the earth. After seven generations of living in close contact with the Europeans, the Onkwehonwe (original peoples) would rise up and demand that their rights and stewardship over the earth be respected and restored, and humanity would turn to the Onkwehonwe, for both guidance and direction. It is in this spirit – as non-Indigenous people – we commit to supporting anti-colonial struggles and Indigenous resistance, acknowledging that wherever Indigenous peoples are protecting and reasserting control over their territories today, they are at the frontline of our collective struggle to protect and steward our planet.
We are signatories to the Leap Manifesto, and encourage all Canadians to sign on and endorse its 15 demands, beginning with respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land, by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.