Archive for August, 2011

Thoughts from May Day Weekend

August 17th, 2011

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Tribute: Grandfather William Commanda

August 7th, 2011
Photo from 2010  Circle of All Nations gathering –

Algonquin Elder Grandfather William Commanda passes on to the spirit world

On Wednesday (Aug 3rd), respected Algonquin elder and spiritual leader Grandfather William Commanda left this world after 97 years.

His life and the legacy he leaves with us are amazing. His work to bring people together, to foster love, forgiveness, justice and a better way of being for all people, have inspired many around the world.

In 2008, at the first Organizing For Justice conference, Grandfather conducted the opening ceremony where he offered prayers and blessings, and shared some of his story and insights with us. This was one of many, many ways that he offered support to varying efforts aimed at bringing about a better world.

We want to thank and honour him, for being there and helping us launch O4J in a good way, and also for all the other work he has done.

“In lieu of flowers, please look for ways to support his vision for the National Indigenous Centre at the Sacred Chaudiére Site.”


This weekend (Aug 5-7) marked the annual Circle of All Nations gathering at Grandfather’s residence in Kitigan Zibi, which has been held for over forty years. It turned out to be his going away party, and a time to reflect upon and celebrate his life and what he brought to so many of us.