To ensure balance and harmony within a culture, universal values exist that transcend all ethnic groups: respect, reverence, responsibility, and relationships. So it is with the Ĩyãħé Nakoda.

1. Respect

From an early age, Ĩyãħé Nakoda children are taught about respect and how it originates from within. A sense of pride and confidence is developed, knowing there is honour and dignity in how one behaves. Respect is shown to others beginning with family, then extending throughout the community and beyond. Respect is also shown to plants, animals, and non-living entities.

2. Reverence

For the Ĩyãħé Nakoda, reverence is recognizing and honouring a spiritual deity.

3. Responsibility

The Ĩyãħé Nakoda have historically placed responsibility as a key element in the development of individuals to ensure group cohesion.

4. Relationships

The Ĩyãħé Nakoda place significant importance on relationships with earthly and immortal beings, animate and inanimate things, and the environment.

It is a cultural belief of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda that respect, reverence, responsibility, and relationships are intertwined.


All words in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language that are written on this page are included in the Language menu segment for you to hear how they are correctly pronounced.