We can be found once a month during culture night at the Wabano Centre, 299 Montreal Road, and every second Wednesday at Kumik Elder’s Lodge in Hull. We regularly attend the Ottawa Aboriginal Family Festival in March, The Odawa Pow Wow in May, and the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival In June, Please visit our schedule at www.turtleontheroad.ca for details about these and other events.
I am a member of the Metis Nation of Canada. As I was growing up, I was told we had blood ties to several nations. Of those I have firmly documented my Wendat and Mik’maq heritages on both Mother’s and Father’s side. My teachers are many and have come from many nations. Most notably was Algonquin Elder William Commanda, with whom I had the honour of working with quite closely during the last decade of his life, along with his long time companion Romola Thumbadoo , to help produce his book, countless reports, posters, assisted with gatherings, and helped construct and continue to maintain the website www.Asinabka.com that he launched to share his vision for the Chaudiere Sacred Site.
I began supplying ceremonial herbs over a decade ago because I saw many good people paying way too much and struggling with uncertainties about the quality and source of their products. Ceremony and good health require focus and support. I feel honoured to provide a vehicle that supports both through Turtle Lodge Trading post. My team and I handle all the medicines with great respect for the spiritual process and believe it’s this care and concern for quality and respect for the plant world that allows us to offer the level of excellence that our customers have come to expect.
I am also an artist, though I don’t get to spend anywhere near as much time as I would like honing my craft. I draw, paint, sew, love to work with leather, and make a variety of crafts and jewelry.