As the Original Peoples, we have lived here in our homeland for tens of thousands of years. Our earth is changing and so must we as people. Onjisay-Aki means “A changing earth” in the Anishinabe language, and it is also the name of a journey we are all on together. Our ancestors left a footprint, a trail founded on Indigenous values of respect, which can lead us all to have a healthy relationship with each other and the planet. Our children are depending on us to follow in those footsteps, walking this trail of peace, friendship and reconciliation
The Turtle Lodge is founded upon spiritual, land-based teachings that bring balance to life. It has been built for our children ~ the center of our lives. Our fundamental goal is Mino-Pi-Mati-Si-Win – A Good and Peaceful Way of Life. The Turtle Lodge is based on the Seven Sacred Laws and the Eight Paths of Life, the ancient universal values of the Anishnabe People of Turtle Island (North America).
Our Elders have encouraged us to come forward to express our leadership, knowledge, connection to and stewardship of the land. Our knowledge has developed over thousands of years of living in close connection to our homelands. We want to share our wisdom, hear yours, and collaborate on a new narrative based on hope, peace and a belief that climate change is about human change – a change of heart.