Core Activities

Naturalized Knowledge Systems

Naturalized Knowledge Systems principles, as embodied in the Haudenosaunee culture, serve as the foundation for the EOMF’s vision and governance structure.  The basic tenets of Naturalized Knowledge Systems are as follows:nks

  1. The Earth is our Mother.
  2. Cooperation is the way to survive.
  3. Knowledge is powerful, only if it is shared.
  4. Responsibility is the best practice.
  5. Everything is connected to everything.
  6. Place is important.
  7. The Spiritual World is not distant from the Earth.


The principles of respect, equity and empowerment are embraced as fundamental in nurturing effective and enduring partnerships – i.e., in generating the ‘Zeal to Deal.’

Principles and Tools of Naturalized Knowledge Systems

TOOLS Understanding Finances Application
Communication Knowledge Authorship
Consensus Networks Credibility
Mediation Personnel Partnership
Honour Social Power Responsibility

Source:  F. Henry Lickers, Environmental Science Officer, Department of the Environment,Mohawk Council of Akwesasne


Below are links to additional resources on Naturalized Knowledge Systems and the Zeal to Deal.

  1. A critical assessment of ten years of on-the-ground sustainable forestry in eastern
    Ontario's settled landscape  (The Forestry Chronicle)
  2. Naturalized Knowledge Systems_F. Henry Lickers  (PowerPoint Presentation)
  3. Partnership Building for Sustainable Development - A First Nations Perspective
    (Journal of Sustainable Forestry)