Seven Grandfather Teachings carving unveiled in the Legislative Chamber

TORONTO, November 18, 2021 – A new wood carving showcasing the Seven Grandfather Teachings guiding principles was unveiled in the Legislative Chamber today. These teachings have been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years through ceremonies and stories. Placed above the interior Chamber entrance, the carving embodies animals representing Love, Wisdom, Truth, Humility, Respect, Courage and Honesty. This piece was created by Indigenous artist Garrett Nahdee who is from the Walpole Island First Nation in southwestern Ontario.

The new Seven Grandfather Teachings carving serves as a permanent reminder of the ongoing role played by Indigenous peoples in the creation of Ontario, and symbolizes the continuing renewal of Ontario’s relationship and connections with Indigenous peoples living in the province today.

Mr. Nahdee’s piece was chosen by an all-party panel and then-Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald (now the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations), following a call for submissions for a new wood carving to incorporate an Indigenous voice into the Chamber.

Additional information on the Seven Grandfather Teachings is available on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s website.


“Ontario’s Legislative Chamber contains a number of ornate wood carvings,” said Speaker Arnott. “Although these pieces enhance the detailed decorative atmosphere of the Chamber and reflect the history of the building, until now, they have lacked representation from the Indigenous people in Ontario. I’m thrilled that we now have this beautiful piece done by Mr. Nahdee in the Chamber – not only is it incredibly important to have an Indigenous perspective represented, but the Seven Grandfather Teachings are a universal set of guiding principles that we can all relate to, regardless of our background.”

For media inquiries contact Jennifer Pain, Manager, Strategic Communications and Education Services, Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations, at or 416-325-7500.

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