The Thompson Okanagan Regional Pledge is called the Seven Affirmations for Seven Generations. It was created out of a need to develop guidelines for sustainable tourism in the Thompson Okanagan region and is based on the Seven Generations Principle.
The Seven Generations Principle is based on Indigenous philosophy that recognized that the decisions an individual makes today will have an impact for as long as seven generations to come. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the individual to consider impacts on the environment and the people who inhabit the area when making decisions.
FOR SEVEN GENERATIONS
1 | TRUE ROOTS
Discover the soul of a place in its history
There is wisdom held in the ancestral roots of our land. To learn the ways of the Indigenous people is to learn how to heal our past – and our future.
2 | TREAD LIGHTLY
As of this moment, you are deemed a “guardian of the land, air and water.”
Please accept this title with honour and a commitment to do everything in your power to preserve the delicate balance of our flora, fauna and the beautiful ecosystems that sustain us all.
3 | BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR
Whether you’ve journeyed near or far, we invite you to feel at home in this place, and value it as we do.
We hope that you will feel as comfortable here as you do in your own home, and we know that you will regard the communities and their residents with an equal care and consideration.
4 | TRAVEL SAFELY
Follow the map of your heart, but venture wisely.
This is a place where memories of a lifetime should be made. So, with blue skies above and the wind at your back, carry with you the wisdom of a seasoned traveller.
5 | LIVE IN HARMONY
Let a life outside bring you happiness inside by learning the laws of wilderness living.
Embrace a simpler existence and find peace amidst the wilderness and those of like minds. There is great reward in having the skills and knowledge to live in harmony in the greater outdoors.
6 | CHOOSE LOCAL
Choose to buy locally and you’ll transform riches into enrichment.
You have the ability to nourish the strength and character of the communities you visit. Be a champion for the local folks, leaving a wake of pride and gratitude along your way.
7 | EDUCATE OTHERS
Anything worth knowing is worth sharing.
Doing the right thing is the cost of entry and mindfulness is the ticket. Pass it on.
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