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The Legacy Vision of William Commanda
The Vision for Asinabka:
FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECIAL NATIONAL HISTORIC CENTRE
Elder William Commandas vision for the development of a healing and peace building centre on the traditional spiritual meeting grounds of the Anicinabe people, with the lands to be held in trust by Algonquin elders.
vision calls for a fully inclusive City Park, Historic Interpretative
Site, Conference Centre and
the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in this area in 1613, the area
around the Chaudière Falls
Commandas bold four-fold vision calls for
1. It is a vision
of potentially significant international influence for symbolic
with the ancient history as meeting place, and current need for
for almost four decades, the Eastern portion of Victoria Island
has been designated
4. The entire
site will be a great attraction for Aboriginal peoples, citizens
of the cities of
5. Though damaged
over the years, the sacred Chaudière site of the Algonquin
6. Elder Commandas
vision also offers a unique opportunity to Correct Mistakes of History
7. It is recognized
that this work spans many federal departments, jurisdictions and
The timing is
propitious for the bestowing a lasting national and indeed international
of this fully inclusive proposal through the establishment of a
THE CENTRAL TWO-FOLD VISION
This Asinabka website, a major project of the Circle of All Nations, has been developed and maintained entirely pro bono from its inception for Grandfather William Commanda and Romola V. Thumbadoo by Karen Bisson, Proprietor, Turtle Lodge Trading Post. We are most grateful for her dedication to this work to ensure the preservation of Circle of All Nations archival materials.
Karen Bisson also did the graphic layout for our book, Learning from a Kindergarten Dropout, an unfunded production dedicated to support Elder Commanda’s remarkable work. This book, the Circle of All Nations logo t-shirts first launched twenty years ago in 1998 (and now a part of his thesis framework), and the Good Enough for Two/William Commanda canoe making documentary (produced pro bono by Valerie Pouyanne, Loon Productions), are available at www.turtlelodgetradingpost.ca.
Circle of All Nations work is entirely unfunded; all proceeds from these products support its on-going community building and educational work.
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