Originally posted by masqua
I am waiting for the permission to quote from it. It arrived last Thurday in my snail mail and I've emailed their office for the authority to do so.
This book, recently issued, has copyright under ISBN# 0-9738693-0-5 and was printed in Canada.
I've just received confirmation from the Circle of All Nations office that I may quote what I would like from Elder Commanda's book. This is great
Perhaps the best place to start would be a cronology of his key activities;
1913 Born in Kitigan Zibi, Manitiwaki, Quebec; Great-grandson of Pakinawatik
, the Algonquin Chief who led his people from the Lake of Two
Mountains to settle in the Ottawa River area in the mid eighteen hundreds; he was Keeper of several Algonquin Wampum Shell Belts which held records of
prophecies, history, treaties and agreements.
1020-40s Trapping, guiding, logging, birch bark canoe making, Algonquin arts and crafts.
1945 Involvement with the North American Indian Nation Government.
1951-70 Algonquin Chief, River Desert Band.
1971 Appointed Keeper of three Algonquin Wampum Belts: the Seven Fires Prophecy, the Jay Treaty and the 1700 Welcoming/Agreement Belts.
1981 Demonstrated building of a birchbark canoe for Queen Margrethe of Denmark; promoted understanding of the history, culture and plight of north
American Indians in Denmark.
1987 Commenced public hearings on the messages of the Wampum Belts at the fourth First Ministers Conference on Inherent Rights and Self-Government
for Aboriginal Peoples, chaired by Prime Minister Mulroney.
1990 Participated in the blessing of the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa with the Dalai Lama.
1991 Conducted Pipe Ceremonies at a 3 day United Nations Conference hosted by President Mitterand of France.
1993 Delivered Prophesy messages, together with 27 Indigenous spiritual leaders, to 350 United Nations delegates at United Nation Cry of the Earth
1995 Spiritual leader of the Sunbow 5 Foundation Prayer Walk, which brought together representatives of the five symbolic races of man (red, white,
yellow, black and brown) whose concern for the healing of the Earth surpassed racial or religious divisions- a seven and a half month unity 'Walk for
Mother Earth', from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans.
1996-97 Outreach and linkages with traditional spiritual leaders from Central, South and North America.
1997 Made presentation on the Seven Fires prophecy and Aboriginal beliefs and issues at the Funia Conference in Japan.
1998 Spiritual leader for 'Elders without Borders' Gathering of Indiginous Elders and Spiritual Leaders of the Americas and Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal peoples around Ottawa, Ontario.
1998 Recipient of the Wolf Project Award for promoting racial understanding.
2000 Organized the Circle of All Nations
Millinnium International Peace Gathering. Recipient of the Harmony Award for promoting intercultural
understanding and harmony. Participated in the United Nations Peace Summit, New York. Honoured in opening of The Canadian Canoe Museum.
2001 Peace Pipe Ceremony and presentation at the International Fields of Conflict-Fields of Wisdom Constellation Congress in Germany. Participated in
peace building efforts and conferences in South Africa during the World Conference Against Racism. Launch of Legacy Display at Canadian Canoe
2002 Indiginous Elders Gathering in New Mexico Justice Award. University of Ottawa Peace Building Workshops at Shivananda Yoga Ashram Center in
2003 Peace Award, Friends of Peace, Ottawa.
2004 Bill Mason National River Conservation Award
Just prior to the publication of the book, learning from a Kindergarten Dropout
, Elder William Commanda received an Honorary Degree from the
University of Ottawa for his work.
He is presently 91 years old. If anyone has questions on any part of the Seven Fires Prophecy, please ask...if I can't find the information in the
book, I'll be happy to email Circle of All Nations. Their website is here.