Turtle Lodge participates in CBC Chat Panel “Racism and Indigenous Canadians: A Conversation”

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On Tuesday, November 11,  2014, Dave Courchene and a number of other panelists were invited to join a live CBC chat panel entitled “Racism and Indigenous Canadians: A Conversation”.  The panelists responded to the public and discussed the issue of racism toward the Original People in this country and what to do about it. Click on the first link in the CBC article “Racism and Indigenous Canadians: A Conversation” or go directly to the CBC Chat Panel. Comments from Dave Courchene (Nii Gaani Aki Inini), Founder of Turtle Lodge, are highlighted below.
We, the First Peoples, are the roots of this land.  As the original free and independent Nations of Turtle Island, we honour our sacred traditions, which were given to us by our Great Creator.  As the Original People, we have the inherent right to be leaders in our homeland.
As a people, we find ourselves being propelled into the forefront of a movement that is anchored in Spirit, where our people act as a voice of the Earth.  The root of racism and our current behaviour of showing disregard for Nature’s Laws is that we have overstepped Spiritual and Natural Laws.  This has brought about a disconnect.
We have diminished ourselves by limiting ourselves to operating from the mind.  In the belief system of the Original People, we embrace a spiritual reality, that carries and holds a higher intelligence.
Spiritual Laws reflect values – Respect, Love, Courage, Honesty, Humility, Wisdom and Truth – that we were given by our Great Creator.  Natural Laws reflect the principles of harmony and balance, that are found in Nature.
We cannot continue to stay disconnected from the life source which is the Earth.  The  Earth has always been the true teacher.
If we are going to go beyond the intolerance, separation and division found in the human family, then we must find our way to the heart.  It is Mother Earth that offers the guidance and direction to live, see and feel from the heart.  When we are able to feel and live the spirit of kindness is when we will be able to see all life with kindness and respect.  Read more HERE.

Non-Indigenous Canadians need to turn to the Original People for leadership. Together we will find the courage to disengage from the systems that reflect intolerance, imposition and the exploitation and destruction of the land. The Original People will lead all Peoples to have a much closer, more respectful relationship with the Earth and consequently with each other. Being closer to the Earth will naturally make us kinder and more compassionate human beings.

The education of the children must become paramount in our efforts to effect any change for the future.

I was asked one time by one of the past Prime Ministers of Canada: “How can we change the negative image that the Canadian public has towards the Original People?”  My response was: “Give us your children and we will teach them how to be human beings that reflect our true humanity in being able to reflect kindness, love and respect for all life.”

A prominent leader, David Suzuki, recently said: “We need to follow the lead of the Indigenous people.”
We have to understand that we have reached a crossroads as humanity, that under the present conditions of climate change, we must all share in the urgency of concern for our survival as humanity. Let us stop over-stepping Mother Earth as if we own her and can control and possess her. We must be able to embrace our uniqueness reflected in the human family, and use that uniqueness to give us greater strength in building a world of peace.

Dave Courchene, Nii Gaani Aki Innini (Leading Earth Man), has traveled internationally, carrying a message of hope and peace. Dave shares ancient Indigenous knowledge that he believes can act as the foundation in supporting the new life that Mother Earth is now entering, and that the elders have confirmed has arrived. He has created a special place for sharing ancient Indigenous knowledge — the Turtle Lodge -— built based on a vision he received many years ago. Indigenous people have always relied on visions and dreams to give guidance and direction in life. Dave was recently honored by Indigenous leaders and elders at the 2010 International Indigenous Leadership Gathering, and with a National Aboriginal Achievement (INDSPIRE) Award in Culture, Heritage & Spirituality, and the Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 2012, for the work associated with his message and vision, including the work he has done inspiring young people. His recent work has involved initiating International Roundtables Supporting Ancient Indigenous Knowledge at the Turtle Lodge (May 2010) and the US Capitol in Washington, DC (September 2010), which have been co-led by US Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He delivered the opening keynote and conducted the opening ceremonies at the 2010 G8 Summit on World Religions. In 2011, Dave shared the stage twice with the Dalai Lama to bring a message of peace in Newark, New Jersey and Monterrey, Mexico. In Spring 2011, Dave initiated the Makoose Ka Win and the Vision Quest rites of passage to take young people of all cultures entering adulthood back to the land and the elders to find their uniqueness and promote peace. “Only when we align our human spirit with higher spiritual reality will we find peace. When we become awakened spiritually, we begin to see more, to feel more. We begin to trust the Spirit.”

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