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

Turtle Lodge Founder and Knowledge Keeper

Elder Dr. Dave Courchene — Nii Gaani Aki Innini (Leading Earth Man) — is a respected elder and knowledge keeper of the Anishinaabe Nation who has devoted his life to sharing Indigenous knowledge, carrying a message of hope, peace and environmental stewardship. From lighting the sacred fire at the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992, […]

Oshoshoko Bineshiikwe – Blue Thunderbird Woman, Osawa Aki Ikwe (Florence Paynter)

Knowledge Keeper and Ceremonial Leader

“We have to stand up for Mother Earth and give her voice. She is one of our entities which continues to support us and provide all its resources to us.” Knowledge Keeper Florence Paynter Knowledge Keeper Florence Paynter is from Sandy Bay First Nation and a band member of Norway House Cree Nation. She is […]

Giizis Inini (Dr. Harry Bone)

Knowledge Keeper

  Knowledge Keeper Dr. Harry Bone, C.M. is from the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation.  Knowledge Keeper Bone has worked tirelessly throughout his life to bolster Indigenous rights. He has served extensive terms in many fulfilling roles such as Chief and Director of Education. He also served as a CEO at the West Region Tribal Council,  a […]

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