SPIRIT – NATURE’S LAWS – MIDE AKI (MOTHER EARTH) – IDENTITY – CULTURE – MANITOU API – LANGUAGE – TURTLE ISLAND On September 23, 2016, the Turtle Lodge hosted a Working Group meeting with a number of communities represented to discuss how to take care of Manitou Api – the sacred site. Knowledge Keepers, Treaty 3 Grand Chief Francis Kavanagh, Chiefs and representatives from a number of communities were in attendance. Following the guidance of the Knowledge Keepers and Elders was emphasized. The meeting was very productive, and it was agreed that the Turtle Lodge will host a Nationhood Gathering October 17-18, 2016, inviting Knowledge Keepers as well as Youth. The purpose of the gathering will be to further strengthen our Nationhood as Indigenous Peoples, as we move forward in Nation to Nation relationships that will support all Nations in taking care of the land together. The Gathering starts daily at 9 am, and runs all day. There will be daily Potluck Feasts at noon (Please bring a dish to share, and your own plate, cup, utensils). In the evenings, beginning at 6 pm, the Chii By Dance (Ghost Dance) will be taking place.