William Commanda, Ojigkwanong, Anishinàbe, 1913-
He is an Algonquin elder and spiritual leader, born in Kitigàn-zìbì, (Garden River/Rivière Désert) in the Gatineau River valley near Maniwaki, Quebec. Commanda is the great-grandson of Chief Pakinawatik, who led his people from the Lake of Two Mountains near Montreal to the Kitigàn-zìbì Reserve in 1854. Commanda worked as a guide, trapper and woodsman, a birch bark canoe maker and craftsman. Commanda was Keeper of several Algonquin Wampum Shell Belts which held records of prophecies, history, treaties and agreements. The three Wampum Belts under his care are: the Seven Fires Prophecy Belt, the Jay Treaty Border Crossing Belt, and the Three Figure Welcoming/Agreement Wampum Belt. Commanda served as Band Chief of the Kitigàn-zìbì Anishinàbeg First Nation from 1951 to 1970. In 1987 at the fourth First Ministers Conference on inherent rights and self-government for Aboriginal people, Commanda began teaching about the messages of the wampum belts. In 1990 he was invited to give a traditional blessing at the Canadian Human Rights Monument in Ottawa with the Dalai Lama. In 1998 Commanda presented Nelson Mandela with an eagle feather on behalf of the First Nations of Canada. That same year Commanda organized Elders Without Borders, a gathering of Aboriginal Elders and spiritual leaders from both North and South America. He is the spiritual and hereditary chief of the Algonquin nation, a role he has played for many years and that has been recognized through numerous awards including the Key to the Capital City (2006), an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa (2005), and the Bill Mason Conservation Award (2004).

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