Beginning Tonight: 3rd Onjisay Aki Gathering of Elders, Youth and Scientists
Focus: Developing a School of Indigenous Ancestral Knowledge
FEBRUARY 25 TO 27, 2018
Elders and Youth from 5 First Nations will gather with Scientists from February 25 to 27 to develop of regional school of Indigenous Ancestral Knowledge.
This gathering will bring together Elders, Youth and Mentors from 4 Manitoba First Nations – Sagkeeng, Norway House, Bloodvein, and Biigtigong First Nations, to gather with Scientists.
Onjisay Aki, means “our changing earth” in the Anishinabe language. It also means the as the earth changes, climate change and so must the people. This change cannot be forced but must come from within us and be based on an understanding found through observation of the earth itself and ancestral and natural laws. To effectively deal with climate change there must be a change of heart.
“We have within our own power to make changes necessary. It is not only about Indigenous people, its about all people, about life itself” – Dave Crochene, Anishinabe Nation
In September 2017, at the Gathering of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Scientists at Turtle Lodge, chaired by Elder Dave Courchene and David Suzuki, an agreement, the Turtle Lodge Declaration, was written and ceremonially ratified by Knowledge Keepers and Scientists, in which a commitment was made:
For more information you can contact www.turtlelodge.org