Nzigos EDNA AUNTIE EDNA MANITOWABI What are your teachings surrounding being an auntie? Share your stories of the sacred, proud and protective role you hold in embracing the safety of family. Bozho nindawemaaganadok my relatives. Asiniikwe niin Midewiwin kwe, Makwe ndinwema. I am deeply honoured to come from a very large family—four brothers and four sisters and their offspring, numerous nephews and nieces. What a blessing to be called Auntie Edna and of course, there are my clan relatives, my Midewiwin lodge brothers and sister and their families. My medicine family in creation. Those ones I’ve formed a bond of sisterhood with, my own tribe, grandchildren know me as Kokum, great grandchildren know me as Chi-momaa. What an incredible responsibility to hold in supporting our relations in creation. Responsibility to all of creation is respect. This is vital respecting our relationships to one another is reciprocal. Nindawemaaganadok (all my relatives). Wenabozho, the original being, was instructed to go out and name everything in creation. He saw the incredible beauty of our mother the earth, gimama-aki. He was truly humbled as he saw and recognized himself a sacred part of creation. Mahingan/wolf was sent to walk with him they travelled together and became close and formed a strong bond—they were like brothers from this strong bond they saw how they were related and connected to all of creation Niikaanigana (all my relations).