The First Peoples of Turtle Island have lost one of our eldest and most respected traditional teachers this week. The Late Peter O’Chiese is from a long line of traditional Chiefs of the O’Chiese First Nation in Alberta. His ancestors held firmly to the ancient prophesies of the Anishinabe in their movement westward in the great Anishinabe Migration. Their band settled in the Rocky Mountains in a place called Rocky Mountain House.

O’Chiese was respected by many Anishinabe and other traditional societies, including the Midewiwin. He was a great teacher who spoke of the traditional ways of our people, our responsibility for Mother Earth, and the advocated for the government adherence of our sacred Treaties.

Peter was said to be over 110 years old.