Ogimakamik Lodge of Leadership, September 8-11, 2014

tipisTurtle Lodge, Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada

September 8-11, 2014: Every Evening Beginning at 7 pm, Potluck Feast at 5:30 pm

Please Bring your Traditional Regalia to wear in the Evenings, when we will be dancing in the Ogimakamik Lodge (Outdoors, beside the Turtle Lodge).

This Ogimakamik Lodge of Leadership will coincide with the Igniting the Fire Gathering, focusing on Traditional Parenting, taking place during the Days of September 8-11, and the September 8 Full Moon Ceremony (Waatebagaawe-Giizis – Leaves of Colour Moon).

Through the Sacred Lodges of my people, I have been given instruction to initiate a gathering of leaders.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend this special ceremonial event on the evenings of September 8-11, 2014. The Grandmothers and Elders of our Nations will help support the initiation of the leaders that attend.

Today, more than ever, we are challenged to come together to work together in the spirit of respect for all life. Our children are expecting us to have the courage to plant a seed that can act as a foundation for restoring the world. Such a foundation would be based on universal values that can help bring us to have a much closer, sacred relationship with the Earth.

Your participation as a distinguished leader would complement and lend support to this gathering of other recognized leaders. I hope you will attend.

Yours in peace,

Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man)
Dave Courchene
Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan

Invitation from the Turtle Lodge

Dave Courchene (Nii Gaani Aki Inini)
Requests the Honour of Your Presence

At The
Turtle Lodge
International Centre for Indigenous
Education and Wellness
Sagkeeng, Manitoba

For a Special Event:
Ogimakamik
A Lodge of Leadership Initiation
September 8-11, 2014
Potluck Feasts at 5:30 pm, Ceremonial Lodge (Outdoors) Begins at 7 pm each Evening

Following the Ancient Protocols of
The Elders of our Nation, the Turtle Lodge Will Help
Support and Celebrate the Initiation of Leaders From Many Walks of Life
In the Traditional Ways of the First Peoples,
Through Song and Ceremony.

Please bring a Prepared Dish to Share at the
Potluck Feasts each Evening at 5:30 pm

Thereafter, You are Invited to Enter the Ogimakamik Lodge
Every Evening Sept 8-11 Beginning at 7 pm
For Ceremonial Dancing and Prayer

There will be a Full Moon Ceremony inside the Ogimakamik Lodge
Dusk September 8, 2014

All Are Welcome to Attend
Please Wear Your Traditional Regalia &
Please Bring a Yellow Cloth Offering for the Full Moon Ceremony

Location

At the Turtle Lodge in the Sagkeeng First Nation in southeastern Manitoba: a place built from a vision, with volunteer assistance and which is completely independent from outside organizations, associations and funding. Camping is available on site and hotels are available nearby. http://www.turtlelodge.org/about/

Cost

Communities are invited to sponsor a Youth leader or Elder’s expenses. Please bring a dish to share at the Potluck Feasts each day at 5:30 pm, a gift for the Giveaway, tobacco and a donation of your choice to contribute to the gathering.

Contact

turtlelodge@mts.net

Volunteers

We welcome volunteers to help out. We need parking attendants, firekeepers, security, people to help out with the Feast and volunteering at our tables. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at turtlelodge@mts.net.

More Information

We are asking everyone to dress in their traditional regalia, especially when dancing in the Ogimakamik every evening.

There will be a Full Moon ceremony inside the Ogimakamik Lodge the evening of September 8. Women, Men and Youth are welcome to attend. Please bring a yellow cloth offering for this ceremony.

This Ogimakamik Lodge of Leadership will coincide with the Igniting the Fire Gathering, focusing on Traditional Parenting, taking place during the Days of September 8-11, and the September 8 Full Moon Ceremony (Waatebagaawe-Giizis – Leaves of Colour Moon).

Potluck Feast Each Evening at 5:30 pm

Please bring a prepared dish to share!
For more information and ceremony protocols, please click here.

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