Waking Up What’s Already Inside by Jack Toth, CEO

Recently my wife Collette and I conducted a HEROES® AT HOME parenting workshop for one of our Aboriginal partner communities. We were awed by the resilience and dedication of several of the participants. It was humbling to be part of their lives as they shared challenges, hopes and dreams for their children and communities. At the conclusion of the workshop an elder presented us with a handmade traditional Star Blanket, giving us a brief teaching of the Sacred laws represented in its design. The elder went on to speak of how our HEROES® principles are intertwined in these Sacred laws. It was at this time I better understood why so many Aboriginal young people come alive through HEROES – It wakes up what is already inside.

I have learned much through our work with Aboriginal communities, schools and conferences:

  • Every community and parent has hopes and dreams for their children.
  • Every child wants a dream to pursue.
  • Every culture has foundational values that inspire, protect and build these dreams.
  • Aboriginal culture has Sacred laws and/or values that build self, community and environment, leading to recognition of who I am created to be:
    • RESPECT – Respect all life, respect Elders and people of all races. The essence of respect is to give.
    • LOVE  – Always act in love.  Love the Creator.  Love the Earth.  Love yourself, your family, and your fellow human beings.
    • COURAGE – Listen to your heart.  It takes courage to do what is right.
    • HONESTY – Never lie or gossip, be honest with yourself and others.  Speak from your heart.  Be true to your word.
    • WISDOM – Everyone has a special gift.  Show wisdom by using your gift to build a peaceful world.
    • HUMILITY – Think of others before yourself.  Humble yourself to the Great Spirit by being thankful.
    • TRUTH  – Always seek truth.  Living the truth is living the Seven Teachings.

Because HEROES encompasses these values, Aboriginal students easily come alive to who they are meant to be, opening up a new understanding and a new future. Companies like Black Diamond Ltd, Tarpon Energy Services, Cenovus, TransCanada and others recognize this value, investing directly into our Aboriginal initiatives.

The accompanying video of Daralyn, an Aboriginal student from Fort Nelson First Nations, Chalo School sponsored by Black Diamond Ltd. Is testimony of what it means to come alive – to be a confident, proud HEROES graduate.

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