The Seven Sacred
Laws is a web series written by Elder David Courchene and directed
by Erica Daniels
A still from The Seven
Sacred Laws, an animated web series that is meant to educate
Manitobans on a set of traditional teachings through the voices
of Indigenous peoples. (Turtle Lodge/YouTube)
A new animated series aims to educate Manitobans about a set of
traditional Indigenous teachings.
The Seven Sacred Laws is series of three- to four-minute
vignettes, which follow an Indigenous boy as he embarks on a spiritual
journey and meets the seven sacred animals who deliver lessons about
"This is a great opportunity to educate people about who we
truly are, and I'm just so honoured that I was able to be a part
of this project and help bring it to life," said Erica Daniels,
a filmmaker from Peguis First Nation who directed the series and
acted as co-writer with Anishinaabe Elder David Courchene.
The seven sacred laws are teachings or values represented by different
animals that offer guidance on how we should live our lives, that
are practised by Indigenous nations across North America.
Each teaching is represented by a different sacred animal: the
buffalo (respect), the eagle (love), the bear (courage), the sabé
or bigfoot (honesty), the beaver (wisdom), the wolf (humility) and
the turtle (truth).
A still from The Seven
Sacred Laws. The series follows a young Indigenous boy as
he goes on a spiritual journey where he learns about the teachings
from various animal guides. (Turtle Lodge/YouTube)
Daniels said she hopes the series, which can be viewed online now
at the Manitoba 150 website or on YouTube, will be used in schools
and widely shared, and will help young Indigenous people learn about
She also hopes it will educate non-Indigenous people about important
Indigenous teachings, "and showcase what a beautiful culture
that our people come from and what we represent, and the values
that we are honoured to live by."
Each video has been released in English, French, and Anishinaabe.
The animated films, created by Manitoba's Peg City Pictures Inc.,
were released by the Manitoba 150 Host Committee a group
formed to oversee events to celebrate Manitoba's 150th birthday
in 2020 in partnership with the Turtle Lodge International
Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness and IG Wealth Management.
Watch a promo clip for the series below: