Ogimakamik Lodge of Leadership

Turtle Lodge, Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada

May 14 to 17, 2014: Starts at 9:30 am May 14, Takes Place All Day May 14 and Every Evening May 14-17

Please Bring your Traditional Regalia to wear May 14 and in the Evenings, when we will be Dancing in the Ogimakamik Lodge (Outdoors, Beside the Turtle Lodge)

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 May 14, 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 May 14, 2014 9:30 am – 4:30 pm The Turtle Lodge will be Celebrating a Meeting of Distinguished Leaders From Many Walks of Life. Following the Ancient Protocols of The Elders of our Nation, We Will Help Support the Initiation of the Leaders In the Traditional Ways of the First Peoples, Through Song and Ceremony. Please bring a Prepared Dish to Share at the Potluck Feast May 14 at 12 pm Thereafter, You are Invited to Enter the Ogimakamik Lodge Every Evening May 14-17 Beginning at 7 pm For Ceremonial Dancing and Prayer There will be a Full Moon Ceremony inside the Ogimakamik Lodge Dusk May 14, 2014 All Are Welcome to Attend Please Wear Your Traditional Regalia & Please Bring a Yellow Cloth Offering for the Full Moon Ceremony


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Communities are invited to sponsor a Youth leader or Elder’s expenses. Please bring a dish to share at the Potluck Feast May 14 at noon, a gift for the Giveaway, tobacco and a donation of your choice to contribute to the gathering.




We welcome volunteers to help out May 13 and May 14, especially. 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 May 14. Women, Men and Youth are welcome to attend. Please bring a yellow cloth offering for this ceremony. The Ogimakamik Lodge of Leadership will coincide with the Youth Rites of Passage (Makoose Ka Win and the Vision Quest), taking place simultaneously. Please support and bring your Youth to this event – please RSVP to let us know how many Youth you will be bringing. Click here for more information.

Potluck Feast May 14 at 12 pm

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