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The Seven Sacred Laws - As Shared by Elder Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Dr. Dave Courchene)
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The Seven Sacred Laws - As Shared by Elder Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Dr. Dave Courchene), Anishinaabe Nation, Eagle Clan

In the Anishinaabe world, and others, the Seven Sacred Laws have acted as the foundation of our way of life and connection to the Spirit and the land.

The Seven Sacred Laws are represented by seven animals that ensure our close relationship with Nature. Each animal offers a special gift and understanding of how we as people should live our lives on Mother Earth.

We are living in a time that we need a vision of hope based on values and teachings that can set the foundation for a change of heart. The Seven Sacred Laws are the foundation we are to live by. These Laws emanate from having the spirit of kindness.
It is the spirit of these seven animals that we call upon to teach and remind us of the Seven Sacred Laws, beginning with the law of Respect – Represented by the Buffalo.

Respect is to be a giving and sharing people, first and foremost, following the example of the buffalo who gave its whole being for the life of the people.

Love – Represented by the Eagle – is about loving the Great Spirit, loving the land, loving ourselves in the way we were created, and loving each other in the highest way, as the eagle brings vision that is always based on love. The essence of love is understanding, with empathy and compassion. Through the unconditional love of the Great Spirit, we have all been given the ability to have vision, and to make our visions come true.

Courage – Represented by the Bear – is living from the heart, and having the courage to be ourselves. It takes courage to do the right thing for the sake of the children, the way a mother bear would die before seeing harm come to her cub.

Honesty – Represented by the Sabé or Bigfoot – is being honest with ourselves, speaking and living our truth from the heart. Honesty is refusing to lie or engage in gossip about others. Honesty is being true to our words. Honesty is never judging or condemning others, but to speak well of others, honouring their uniqueness within the human family.

Wisdom – Represented by the Beaver – is about using the gift the Great Spirit gave each of us to serve, and to build a strong family, community and Nation. Our gifts do not belong to us as individuals, but belong to all the people, to serve the good of the Nation. If the beaver did not use his gift to build, his teeth would grow long, and he would die. Similarly, if we do not use our gifts in a good way for the benefit of the Earth and the brothers and sisters of our nations, we too would die spiritually.

Humility – Represented by the Wolf – is about showing gratitude for life received, never overstepping the natural laws of Mother Earth. Humility is to know that not one of us is ever above or below our fellow human beings. We are all equal in the eyes of the Great Spirit. There is so much we can learn from the wolf. The teaching of humility is especially important for the leaders of our Nations.

The teaching of Truth is represented by the Turtle. Our motherland is referred to as Turtle Island. To know and live truth is to walk and live all the Seven Sacred Laws. Living truth means living in the spirit of Respect, Love, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility and Truth. It is when we live truth that we will know peace and find the truth of our humanity. Our spiritual constitution is written on the turtle. The turtle lives in the water and on the land to remind the whole world of the truth we should be living by.

The animals that represent the seven sacred laws ensure that we have a close relationship with the land – an alliance with nature. The animal world are our brothers. They live with each other in harmony and bring us teachings.

When one is able to walk the spirit of these Seven Sacred Laws is when one becomes truly free, it is then that one receives the full support of the universe, and the forces of the Earth itself.

EarthSayer Dave Courchene
Date 11/10/2021 Format Teaching
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Elder Dave Courchene More Details
David Suzuki honours Elder Dr. Dave Courchene and his Vision of Turtle Lodge
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David Suzuki shared the following remarks at the Honouring Ceremony, while hundreds gathered on Saturday November 6, 2021 at the Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness to honour Elder Dr Dave Courchene and his Vision of Turtle Lodge.

EarthSayers David Courchene; David Suzuki
Date 11/9/2021 Format Teaching
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Elder Dave Courchene More Details
Honouring Elder Dr. Dave Courchene, Jr. and his spiritual names, Nitamabit and Nii Gaani Aki Inini
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The National Turtle Lodge Council of Elders and Knowledge Keepers honoured Elder Dr. Dave Courchene, Jr. and his spiritual names, Nitamabit (The Original Way and One who Sits in Front) and Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man) yesterday, in recognition of his leadership and role identified by his names, his service to the People and Mother Earth, and his work in fulfillment of the dream and vision of the Turtle Lodge to awaken, nurture and strengthen the spirit in all Peoples.

EarthSayer Dave Courchene
Date 11/7/2021 Format Teaching
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Governor General Mary Simon honours Elder Dr Dave Courchene and his Vision of Turtle Lodge
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Yesterday, while hundreds gathered at the Turtle Lodge to honour Elder Dr Dave Courchene and his Vision of Turtle Lodge, Governor General Mary Simon hosted a simultaneous event in his honour at Rideau Hall. Listen to her remarks here.

EarthSayer Dave Courchene
Date 11/7/2021 Format Teaching
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Healing from Addictions by Embracing our Sacred Individual Gifts and Responsibilities
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Grandmother Katherine Whitecloud discusses the root of addictions: an imbalance from unresolved trauma, being disconnected from the land and our ancestral ways of being. To address these issues, Grandmother Katherine teaches about the importance of understanding our individual gifts and the roles and responsibilities the Creator has put us on Earth to fulfill, which can be learned by attending ceremony in our Lodges, guided by the love and support from the Elders and our families.

The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness has partnered with the Sagkeeng Mino Pimatiziwin Family Treatment Centre to share teachings and provide guidance on how to heal from addictions.

Join us over the next few weeks, as we share messages from members of the National Turtle Lodge Council of Elders and Knowledge Keepers that discuss the root causes of addictions and how we can heal to live a more balanced and healthy life.

Click here to view a playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wQ7QfAR0Hy9-LZsoVhKxSgQiQdDPIxs

The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness is a place for reconnecting to the Earth & sharing Indigenous ancestral knowledge, founded on the 7 Sacred Laws. Visit our website at www.turtlelodge.org to learn more.

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EarthSayer Grandmother Katherine Whitecloud
Date 8/11/2021 Format Teaching
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Wisdom Keepers More Details
Wolf Joe Trailer 2
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Wolf Joe is an exciting and brand-new animated series follows the daily adventures of Joe, a young First Nations boy who, with his two best friends, is inspired by the universal values of The Seven Teachings Wheel to explore his Indigenous culture, heritage and identity.

The children’s series was created in collaboration and partnership with the Turtle Lodge, Media Rendezvous and Amberwood Entertainment.

Wolf Joe, a 46 x 11 mins animated action adventure series, is a TVOkids Original!

Date 1/8/2021 Format Cartoon and Animation
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Our Youth Speak Up More Details
CCL Training: A Social Psychological Framework For Climate Advocates
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Join psychologists David Sherman and Leaf Van Boven (CCL's Sept 2018 monthly speakers) as they review the main findings and framework for their recent research. Deepen your understanding of how to utilize the strategies of affirmation, norms, immediacy and legacy in your own climate advocacy and citizen lobbying. Dr. Van Boven is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Dr. Sherman is a professor of psychology and brain sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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Theoretical Background (4:19)
Framework For Overcoming Barriers (27:10)
Data & Findings (42:07)
Implications for Advocacy & Training (52:49)


EarthSayers David Sherman; Leaf Van Boven
Date 10/2/2020 Format Instructional
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Climate Change More Details
Ability Inclusive Mindset | Lauren Schrero | TEDxNorthbrookLibrary
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Lauren Schrero is a disability activist and is the co-founder of The Nora Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities. In her talk, Lauren demonstrates how to use the Ability Inclusive Mindset (AIM) to demystify disability and create more welcoming, inclusive spaces for children of differing abilities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Lauren Schrero is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Nora Project, a nonprofit organization providing disability inclusion training and curriculum to teachers. Before becoming a disability activist, Lauren was a litigator and federal law clerk. She received her B.A. from Macalester College and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. 

EarthSayer Lauren Schrero
Date 9/3/2020 Format Speech
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What it really means to be "Differently Abled". | Rob Silberstein | TEDxYouth@MoriahCollege
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Rob is the embodiment of a life long learner, achieving multiple and multi-faceted degrees. He has actively combined his qualifications and experience to support his life’s calling of being a legal advocate for providing equal access to education and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities. An extraordinary tale of fighting for what you truly believe in. Dr. Rob Silberstein, who despite being born with a severe joint and muscular disability, has become a powerhouse in the world of commercial law. Dr. Silberstein’s life has been marked by uphill battles, but none greater than when he challenged the medical establishment to become the first registered medical doctor in Australia with a substantial physical disability. Dr. Silberstein holds numerous degrees including a Bachelor of Medicine (MB, Bachelor of Surgery (BS), Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons I), Master of Health Law (MHL), Master of Industrial Property (MIP), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Grad Dip (Legal Practice). He currently runs his own law firm, Silberstein & Associates, with his wife, Jessica. Through his work at The Northcott Society and Northcott Innovation, he continues his fight to give those with disabilities equal access to a quality education and vocational opportunities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

EarthSayer r. Rob Silberstein
Date 9/3/2020 Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Wisdom Keepers More Details
Hiding in Plain Sight: What's Missing in Health Equity by Keri Norris
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Kerri Norris, who worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a health scientist, evaluator, and epidemiologist, will be talking about “Addressing Health Equity using the MISTAH model”. Hear her talk! Keri Norris, PhD, JM, MPH, MCHES is The Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority's Chief of Health Policy and Administration and leads the Community Health Awareness and Prevention Office and other key programs for the organization. Dr. Norris worked at the CDC as a health scientist, evaluator and epidemiologist. She has extensive experience in the areas of eliminating health disparities for vulnerable populations in the United States. She has served as adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott College, Spelman College, Baylor University and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a published author of two books, the latest is #KeriOn. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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EarthSayer Kerri Norris
Date 9/3/2020 Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Health and Wellness More Details
 

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