Dave Courchene’s Opening Blessing at Winnipeg Foundation’s 9th Annual Legacy Circle Reception – October 26, 2017

OPENING BLESSING BY DAVE COURCHENE (NII GAANI AKI ININI – LEADING EARTH MAN) WINNIPEG FOUNDATION 9TH ANNUAL LEGACY CIRCLE RECEPTION RBC CONVENTION CENTRE, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA OCTOBER 26, 2017 Boozhoo Aniin Dinay Maginitook Nii Gaani Aki Inini n’Dizinikaz Kinew Dodem I want to begin by offering words of humility and gratitude to the Great Spirit and to […]

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Indigenous Knowledge Keepers share at nuclear non-proliferation conference: “Spiritual energy is more powerful than nuclear energy”

“There is something more powerful than nuclear energy. It’s the human spirit and it’s the spirit in Mother Earth herself, who will teach us and bring us back into balance. They talk about nuclear energy. I am talking a spiritual energy.” — Anishinabe Knowledge Keeper Dave Courchene, as he and Turtle Lodge Knowledge Keepers Katherine […]

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Preparing for the National Day of Prayer & Mindfulness – Reflections by Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man)

EVERY PRAYER MATTERS Reflections by Nii Gaani Aki Inini – Leading Earth Man (Dave Courchene) on the National Day of Prayer & Mindfulness As we prepare for a National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness on August 6, let us do so with the understanding that when we come together in the spirit of prayer, this […]

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Opening the 2017 Canada Games – Turtle Lodge

  CANADA GAMES OPENING CEREMONY – REMARKS BY THE ELDERS Boozhoo Aniin, Dinay maginitook! Nii Gaani Aki Inini N’Dizhnikaaz, Kinew Dodem. Today we are gathered at the centre of the continent we call Turtle Island. I would like to begin by offering words of humility and gratitude to the Great Spirit, and to Mide Aki – […]

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Opening Prayer and Welcome – Canada Games Welcome Reception at CMHR

Opening Remarks by Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man) – Dave Courchene, July 27, 2017 Nii Gaani Aki Inini offered a prayer and made Opening Remarks at the Canada Games Welcome Reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on July 27, 2017.  He began his remarks by introducing himself and offering a prayer […]

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Indigenous Knowledge Keepers & International Climate Leaders Release Climate Calls to Action

  Click to download and print Onjisay Aki International Climate Calls to Action Summit Website Become a Partner

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A Gift from the First Peoples: The Sacred Fire and a legacy of values for Manitoba and the Canada Games

                                 

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Indigenous Elders’ Resolution Passed for a National Day of Prayer August 6

PHOTO:  AFN Regional Chief Isadore Day, who chairs the Chiefs Committee on Health, shakes hands with Dave Courchene at the Chiefs meeting in Ottawa on June 29. SPEAKING FOR PEACE… Elder Dave Courchene from the Turtle Lodge was selected by a National Council of Elders to represent them as holder of a recently commissioned Sacred […]

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Anger and Indifference on Lake Winnipeg – By Mark Mann, The Walrus

Dave Courchene, a ­prominent Anishinaabe elder, doesn’t believe that meaningful change will come only from the top. “Until we find the way to have a much more sacred relationship with the land,” he says, “we’re going to continue down this path of destroying the future for our own children.” On the day we met, he […]

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Elder Dave Courchene challenges signatories to Winnipeg Indigenous Accord

At the signing of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord on June 20th, 2017 at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Elder Dave Courchene (Nii Gaani Aki Inini – Leading Earth Man) closed the historic signing with a prayer and a call to action: “Today I challenge all those who have signed on to the Accord, to come back […]

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