The concept of reconciliation can be useful in the workplace. True reconciliation involves understanding and taking action to move forward in a positive direction. It helps to promote quality of life, inspire professionalism, compassion, and effectiveness in all workplaces.

The seven sacred teachings are guiding principles that act as moral stepping stones to respecting all living things. In working with elders and members of the Indigenous community, we learned that the seven sacred teachings are love, respect, truth, wisdom, humility, courage and honesty. Below we describe how each could be applied in a work environment.

  1. Love – Care for each other with kindness and compassion
  2. Respect – Everyone deserves respect, regardless of rank; also respect yourself and do your best
  3. Truth – Be truthful with yourself and acknowledge your self-awareness
  4. Wisdom – Recognize that everyone has some wisdom; encourage sharing and recognition
  5. Humility – Be aware that no one is better than anyone else; be humble and seek guidance
  6. Courage – Embrace change and take some risks for the collective good
  7. Honesty – Trust yourself about how you are right now and be honest with others about your mistakes; take accountability and responsibility for your actions

Consider if these teachings are already present in your workplace and if not, what might need to be done to make this happen. While these teachings are a gift from our Indigenous communities, they can help improve relationships in all workplaces. Read more about Indigenous Teachings in the Workplace.