On March 10, 2021 – Treaty 2 Territory Knowledge Council reviewed and adopted the new name, logo and concept of Earth Lodge: MOTION 2021-03-10-003 To support the naming of our FNT2T LLL Lodge to FNT2T Earth Lodge and expand from LLL to the four pillars (Language/Culture, Wellbeing, Lifelong Learning and Nation Building) and to work
On March 10, 2021 – Treaty 2 Territory
Knowledge Council reviewed and adopted the new name, logo and concept of Earth Lodge:
To support the naming of our FNT2T LLL Lodge to FNT2T Earth Lodge and expand from LLL to the four pillars (Language/Culture, Wellbeing, Lifelong Learning and Nation Building) and to work with with our Seven Councils, Seven Circles and Local Nations.
Regarding the Name and Logo:
Spirit Turtle flies over the Earth and watches over the Anishinaabe.
The stars represent the Seven Grandfathers that provides the Seven Grandfather Spiritual Laws to guide the Anishinaabe to look after Aki and our homelands.
Grandfather Mikinaak that will represent the Earth Lodge teaches:
TRUTH “Debwewin” (The heart is telling the truth)
Mikinaak is said to have been present when Gizhi Manidoo created us so that we would never lose our teachings. Always seek truth. The truth lies in spirit. The spirit is in your heart. It is when we live truth that we will know peace and find the truth of our humanity. Slow moving Mikinaak understands that the journey of life is as important as the destination.
The teaching of Truth is especially important for the leaders of our Nations. Our motherland is referred to as Turtle Island. To know and live truth is to walk and live all the Seven Grandfather Spiritual Laws. Living truth means living in the spirit of Respect, Love, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth that binds it all together. It is when we live truth that we will know peace and find the truth of our humanity. When one can walk the spirit of these Seven Grandfather Teachings 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.
In our Clan system of our Ancient past, the Fish/Turtle Clan purpose: Between the two Chief Clans was the principle from the Fish Clan and the Sub Clan is the Turtle for our Territory. The people of the Turtle Clan were the teachers and scholars. It is their job to teach people about their past, tell stories, pass on values and beliefs from one generation to another. They helped children develop skills and healthy spirits. They also drew on their knowledge to solve disputes between the leaders. They are the wise people. They also look after the Earth. Being part of the Earth Lodge, they are:
“Wii sagase’ idim”
“They are going to smoke.”
Referencing that they were going to gather, smoke their pipes and talk about things of great importance.
The Earth Lodge is based on the Anishinaabek Traditional Lodge (Long Lodge Ceremony). It is structure and all that flows from it is based upon the natural laws of creation, for example: traditional forms of government, social framework, ways of learning, communication, language, relationship with the land, medicine, health, law, peace, protection, history, artistic expression, and freedom. It is about to provide a good life for our people, Mino-Bimaadiziwin, as was the intent from our ancestors. The Earth Lodge is the center of all thought, planning, and action. The Earth Lodge will be reflective of best practices from our Ancestors and today’s world.
The Seven Principles of Anishinaabe
The Seven Grandfather Teachings
The Seven Generational Learning
The First Written Laws (Constitutions, Seven Steps to Rebuilding (Our Nations), The Great Binding Law)
Gizhi Miigwech, Knowledge Keepers Council!
Allen Sutherland, Earth Lodge Keeper