Summer Solstice Remarks at The Forks, Winnipeg

Anishnabe Knowledge Keeper Dave Courchene made opening remarks at the Grand Entry and offered a prayer of gratitude at The Forks in Winnipeg June 21, 2014, highlighting the significance of the summer solstice and the role of the Original People – the roots of their homeland. “Boozhoo!  Aniin! Dinay Makinitook!   Nii Gaani Aki Inini Dizhnikaaz, […]

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National Aboriginal Day 2014 – Winnipeg

Indigenous culture on display for Aboriginal Day.  Ben Miljure has the sights and sounds from Aboriginal Day celebrations in Winnipeg.  CTV NEWS Winnipeg features a positive message from Anishnabe Knowledge Keeper Dave Courchene and others from the First Nation community. CTV Winnipeg | Video – News Reports and Breaking News Videos

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Summary: OGIMAKAMIK LEADERSHIP INITIATION LODGE – May 14-17, 2014

Turtle Lodge honouring ceremony YouTube Video of the Ogimakamik Leadership Initiation Ceremony, May 14, 2014 (Courtesy Donald Benham, Director of Hunger & Poverty Awareness, Winnipeg Harvest) CLICK HERE  for Album of the May 14 Event.  (Photos courtesy Coty Bruyere) On May 14, 2014, a historic event took place at Turtle Lodge’s Ogimakamik Leadership Initiation Lodge.  […]

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Schools Have Failed First Nations by Lying About History

Schools Have Failed First Nations by Lying About History

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Signing of the Turtle Lodge Treaty: “Our Way of Life” (Indigenous Education) – May 7, 2013

On May 7th, 2013, at the Turtle Lodge in Sakgeeng First Nation, a Historic Treaty on Education was signed by First Nations individuals, representatives of Nations, and representatives of Indigenous educational institutions from across Canada. It is a treaty of the people. Turtle Lodge Treaty Re-Establishment of Relationships   In a profoundly historic event, the relationship of […]

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Montreal Leadership Update

I just came back from Montreal where I had been invited to attend a really special meeting of Indigenous leaders and prominent Canadians on November 12, 2013.  The meeting was chaired by the former Premier of the Northwest Territories, Stephen Kakfwi, and was hosted by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in his Montreal boardroom. This […]

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A Reflection and Memories of Wahbung

Background In 1971 the position paper, Wahbung, was developed. It was during a time when a movement of resurgence was beginning; when the leaders of that time found the spirit in themselves to give a greater and stronger voice to support our identity as a People. We were in the midst of a colonized world, […]

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Bridgewalkers (2013)

Tribal leaders from around the world gather in ceremony to awaken ancient prophecies. Directed by Kara Rhodes, Jim Whitney, USA/Canada, 2013, 76 min. Starring Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Chief Darrell Bob, Leading Earth Man Dave Courchene, and Eskimo Shaman Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq. www.oneriverproductions.com, www.theturtlelodge.org A documentary film bringing forth ancient prophecies and indigenous wisdom for the […]

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