Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Scientists Unite at Turtle Lodge

““The longest journey we will ever make as human beings is the journey from the mind to the heart.” — Chief Darrell Bob, St’at’imc Nation, quoting Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq (Kalaalit Nunaat, Greenland)

Twenty respected Indigenous knowledge keepers and western scientists, witnessed by 150 official observers and guests, met and formed alliances over 4 days from September 9–12, 2017. The gathering took place at the Turtle Lodge, an international center for Indigenous education and wellness, located in Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Over the past 15 years, Turtle Lodge has been a center for sharing Indigenous knowledge through events, ceremonies, conferences, and summits that include people from around the world.

“The Turtle Lodge is our house, our place of strength, where our leadership as elders and knowledge keepers is rooted,” explained Dave Courchene, founder of the lodge, who built it based on a vision he received. “Our sacred lodges and outside in nature are the places where our ceremonies live and are practiced in their fullness. Using our sacred places for these meetings and practicing our ceremonies makes our alliance and work together all the more powerful, as we are supported and inspired by the forces of nature and spirit.””

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