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I pledge to learn from your mistakes so as not to repeat them, to honour that you did what you thought was best (even if I disagree with what you did), to forgive you for not always being the elders that we needed, and to try to bridge the gap between us and especially between you and the generations following me.
I pledge to work with you to figure out what is needed from us by the generations preceding and following ours, in order to support our collective (inter-generational, inter-species) healing.
I pledge to learn to age well and die well, fulfilling our responsibilities to each other, and especially to future generations of all species, and to accept that the generations that follow us will challenge us just as we challenged those that came before ours.
I pledge to try and “have your back” as you push my generation and those that follow, even if I don’t always “back you up”.
I pledge to try to learn to be the elder that you will need (without seeking recognition or legacy), including by synthesizing my own learning (especially so that you can learn from my mistakes), and to practice knowing when to just listen, when to intervene, when to offer guidance, and when to step back and let you make your own mistakes.
I pledge not to support businesses and politicians who contribute to the destruction of the environment, or the cancelation of rights of Indigenous peoples everywhere. I pledge to support businesses and initiatives that uphold Indigenous and environmental rights and that strive for social and ecological health and wellbeing.