Grandfather Prayer


This is an everyday prayer, the kind that reminds us to gives thanks as part of living each day. We think of the sun’s energy and the earth’s power and remind ourselves to be both strong and humble. This prayer was written by a group of students and echoes all the prayers each one of us heard before it.


Miigwetch nmishomis ogii-biwaaseaazheyang.
(Thank you grandfather for shining on us today.)

Miigwetch nda’kid nongom giizhigad.
(Thank you I say today for this day.

Weweni ji-mino-gnawaabimag.
(Carefully, I will look on others.)

Nwii-ji-mino-bimaadiz miinwa weweni ji-ganoonag.
(I will live well and carefully speak to others.)

Miigwech giiye Shkaakaamikwe
(Thank you Mother Earth)

ogii-miizhiyang bimaadizowin miinwa miijim.
(who gave us life and food)

ogii-miizhiyang nbish miinwa wesiinyag
(who gave us water and animals)

ogii-miizhiyang nesewin.
(who gave us breath.)

Semaa n’bagdina waabinong, zhaawinong, epangishimag, miinwa giiwedinong.
(Tobacco I offer to the east, south, west and north.)

Naadamoshin ji-mashkoogaabwiyaanh miinwa ji-zoongdeyaanh.
(Help me to have strength and a strong heart.)