Good Day. We hope that everyone is well and safe. This week the Lodge and Life Long Learning were very fortunate to have a Zoom with Anishinaabe storyteller and artist, Bomgiizhik, Isaac Murdoch, who is fluent in Anishinaabemowin and a keeper of stories. He is one founder of the Onaman Collective. He and other Onaman Collective founder,
Good Day. We hope that everyone is well and safe. This week the Lodge and Life Long Learning were very fortunate to have a Zoom with Anishinaabe storyteller and artist, Bomgiizhik, Isaac Murdoch, who is fluent in Anishinaabemowin and a keeper of stories. He is one founder of the Onaman Collective. He and other Onaman Collective founder, Christi Belcourt, are Indigenous artists and environmentalists who love the land and believe in the spirits of the land. They believe in the resilience and beauty of our people. They believe in our Elders and our young people. With everything they do, the underlying theme is always respect for the land and reclamation of the ways of our ancestors (source: Onaman Collective website). Isaac grew up on the land. He learned from his Elders and knowledge-keepers. He is well-respected by many as a language-keeper and traditional knowledge-holder. Awhile back, Life Long Learning shared Isaac’s story on Anishinaabe pandemic prophecies which is available online through the Yellowhead Institute. He is also part of Project H.O.M.E (Helping our Mother Earth) which focuses on returning to Indigenous Knowledge in finding solutions toward a sustainable and respectful future for Mother Earth. Needless to say, Isaac’s knowledge and work is amazing.
Isaac discussed many things and shared many teachings. He talked about how Indigenous knowledge and science have existed since time immemorial referring to this science as “high science”. Our ancestors were scientists (without today’s technology) of the land, water, animals, skies, and weather whereas Western science, by comparison, is not very old. He shared the importance of the land, water, and animals discussing how unity among First Nations (Indigenous) peoples and our allies is the best answer to protecting Mother Earth. Colonial structure(s) prevents this unity as so many now work in silos.
He talked about the reality of CFS/CAS and its impact on First Nations (Indigenous) peoples. Isaac believes this system is still causing trauma today, much like the residential school system, as it involves kids being taken away from their homes, families, and communities. Many feel disconnected from who they are as First Nations (Indigenous) peoples. This trauma can be passed on from what we know as intergenerational effects. But he believes, that in being created as Anishinaabe, he has a purpose, as does each and every child, and we have the power to change.
He shared so much more, to continue reading, click here.