One Dish, One Spoon

What can we learn from the Dish with One Spoon Agreement?

“The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.” Land acknowledgement | This is a Canadian Issue: Reflecting on TRC Calls to Action (

The dish was a shared land from which each community ate, and they ate from one spoon. There was a shared responsibility to ensure the dish was never empty. No knives were at the table, meaning that we must keep the peace.

This lead to three basic rules

  • Take only what you need
  • Leave some for everybody else
  • Keep it clean

Dish With One Spoon | Nandogikendan


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