- Nishnawbe Aski Nation, 2005 -
The priests always told us that we had no religion, that we were pagans. But we did have spiritual practices. These practices may have been different from the ceremonies that we saw in church, but they celebrated the same kinds of events – events such as births, weddings and funerals. There was a spiritual element to everything done throughout the day. When we went into a sweat lodge it was a spiritual event. When I was older I wondered if there was any difference between going into a sweat lodge and going into a church when the people going to each place were going there to pray and meditate.