Pikwàkanagàn, ON…On behalf of the Government of Canada, Cheryl Gallant MP was pleased to announce that the Circle of Turtle Lodge in Golden Lake has received $47,518 under the Aboriginal Women’s Program.  The Circle of Turtle Lodge is a regional, not-for-profit organization operating out of Golden Lake, Ontario. The mandate of the organization is to revive Aboriginal culture and traditions with the focus on Aboriginal women living in Ontario.

“The cultures of our Aboriginal communities are rich and diverse, and in our multicultural society it is important that we protect and promote Aboriginal culture,” said MP Gallant. “This funding to the Circle of Turtle will help educate hundreds of aboriginal women across north and eastern Ontario about their unique history and culture.”

Through their ‘Train-the-Trainer’ program, the Circle of Turtle Lodge will reach 10 neighbouring Algonquin communities, and it will deliver a series of educational sessions to reintroduce Aboriginal women to their Algonquin cultural identity. The Circle of Turtle Lodge will provide mentorship deliver 10 educational sessions to 200 Aboriginal women from Central/North-eastern Ontario. The project will focus on cultural identity development and community engagement, which will be delivered from October 1, 2011 to   March 31, 2012.

For more information on the program, you can contact Aimee Bailey, Spokesperson for the Circle of Turtle Lodge, at 613-623-1958 or at www.thecircleofturtlelodge.ca, or you can contact me.

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