Sponsors and Acknowledgements


We would like to thank the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the University of Winnipeg, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Prairie Climate Centre, Dr. Catherine Potvin and the Trudeau Foundation, Scott Vaughan and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and Manitoba Hydro for their generous support for this event. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ian Mauro and his team of filmmakers for their support in documenting this event. 




We would like to acknowledge our Elders and Knowledge Keepers Dave Courchene (Anishinabe Nation, Eagle Clan), Harry Bone (Anishinabe Nation, Turtle Clan), Katherine Whitecloud (Dakota Nation), Florence Paynter (Anishinabe Nation, Bear Clan) and Fred Kelly (Anishinabe Nation) for authoring the Cultural Guide to accompany this event.


Henry Guimond 

We would like to acknowledge artist Henry Guimond. Henry Guimond is an artist born and raised on the Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Henry is the original artist of all the paintings on this site, many of which were received in vision by Nii Gaani Aki Inini and which he then transmitted into painted form. His artwork is featured in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and in many homes and businesses in the community. Henry has a special talent for painting traditional names. Henry Guimond is also an architect and builder. He was the architect and head man in the construction of the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation, and is also responsible for the construction of many other beautiful lodges and structures. Henry Guimond does artwork upon request, and can be contacted at turtlelodge@mts.net

Web and Graphic Design 

We would like to thank Steve McCullough for the Onjisay Aki website design and support, and Carolyn Townend for the graphic design of the event program.

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