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Boozhoo. Miigwetch for your interest in Turtle Island Institute.

Turtle Island Institute is an Indigenous social innovation think and do tank - a teaching lodge - enabling transformative change. Led by Melanie Goodchild (Anishinaabe) and Terrellyn Fearn (Mi' kmaq) the lodge honours a conscious need to reframe social innovation and complexity by drawing on Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin (our original ways of knowing). We strive to support the application of decolonized systems thinking concepts and processes by holding niche space to connect the hearts and minds of those who hope to shift systems and support the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

“For many years we have been told to think outside the box.
Now, it is time for us to centre our Indigenous ways and think inside the circle”.


- Terrellyn Fearn

“Ceremony represents one of the only spaces where our way of thinking, being, speaking, is not decentered.
It’s based on the land and in old ways of knowing”.


- Melanie Goodchild

You are welcome to visit this website for updates on Turtle Island Institute. In the coming months, you will be able to read about our unfolding story. We look forward to our paths crossing soon.

Baamaapii!

Please watch this short video (1min 24sec) about reawakening our ancestral ways of knowing to realize systems change.

Current Projects

We are grateful for the many partnerships that enable us to bring our hearts and minds to these projects…

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Join The Innovation

Your donation to Turtle Island Institute will allow us to continue braiding together Indigenous wisdom and systems thinking to help leaders and changemakers unlock their creative capacities for holistic problem solving.

Turtle Island Institute is a project of MakeWay Charitable Society. Your tax receipt will be issued by MakeWay, which is a Canadian charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (BN 130560188RR001).