I first laid eyes on Lake Superior over 40 years ago while on a 6,000 mile (10,000 km) canoe journey from the Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean. I came to know the Lake and Watershed by canoeing around its whole shoreline, exploring its many rivers, and returning in all seasons to its forests and communities. In everything we do at LSWC, we recognize our important life-giving relationship with water, and what we can do to protect it.
Cindy Crowe, Elder, Lodgekeeper, Author, is a band member of the Opwaaganisiniing (Red Rock Indian Band) located an hour east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Since 1994, Cindy has been bridging gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities. Cindy’s life purpose is to share a message of love and interconnectedness and she creates space for change in many different venues with people from all walks of life. She believes in leading by example. Personally, she is the grateful mom of five adult children and three grandchildren.
Since 2004, Cindy’s business Cindy Crowe Consulting represents an award winning Anishnaabe consulting firm with her expertise in community liaison, community engagement and community development.
Since 2005, Cindy has been the Executive Director for Ozhaawashko-giizhig Traditional Teaching Lodge operating as the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre that is an Indigenous, community-led organization based in Neebing, Ontario. Cindy respectfully acknowledges that sacred space as being within the traditional territory of the Binesii-Wiikwedong (Fort William First Nation) and loves to welcome people to the land of her ancestors next to the shores of Ktichigaming (Lake Superior).
Cindy’s seasonal tourism business Niibing Tribal Tours (Niibing is in the summer in Ojibwe) provides opportunities for her visitors to reconnect with Mother Earth while participating in the Anishnaabe culture through land based experiential learning.
Cindy’s Identity and Purpose Coaching business is for clients looking to reclaim their roots, understand themselves better and identify their life purpose. Part of this coaching is delivered through Animal Spirit Guide workshops to better understand messaging from their guides.
Cindy is the author of Walking with Grey Wolf which honours her first vision and the Spiritual journey she has been on since then. She is currently writing her second book entitled, All My Relations. Cindy has also contributed chapters in a few compilations.
The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy respectfully acknowledges this place as the traditional, ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabeg. For thousands of years, people lived in a respectful reciprocity with these beautiful waters and the green growing world.
We aim to build mutual respect as we work to be trusted allies in Indigenous-led work for the health of the whole watershed.
“I am so proud to be included in this circle of caring for Nibi and the work of the Conservancy. To tell the stories, to engage people in learning and acting in respectful ways toward the Land, Water, People, Animals, Birds, Fish is so important. Spirit will help us if we act in ways that acknowledge that Water is Life, and without Nibi, we cannot exist.”
- Shirley Horn, The Children of Shingwauk
Protecting the greatest Lake on Earth means we all have a role to play in addressing the threatening elements of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, invasive species, and the diversion of water from the watershed.
We believe in the power of our collective effort to solve these challenges.Donate