Turtle Lodge Trading Post is a Métis owned Canadian home-based company in Clayton, (Almonte) Ontario. The company’s roots were planted and began growing in 2006. It is supported by friends, family members and many organizations within the Indigenous community.
We began supplying ceremonial herbs over a decade ago because we saw many good people paying way too much and struggling with uncertainties about the quality and source of their products. Ceremony and good health require focus and support. We feel honoured to provide a vehicle that supports both. We handle all these medicines with great respect for the spiritual process. We believe it’s this care and concern for quality and respect for the plant world that allow us to offer the level of excellence that our customers have come to expect.
SACRED MEDICINES ARE NOT FOR SALE
Mother Earth provides a rich abundance of food and other materials for our use, and asks little in return other than for us to respect and look after Her and each other. Traditionally, sacred medicines are gifted, traded, grown, or harvested from the wild. However, in today’s society, it is not always practical or possible to honour the medicines in those ways, especially for folks living in cities. Turtle Lodge Trading Post (TLTP) was born of necessity as a means to bridge that gap and become a vehicle for providing medicines for ceremonial use. This business supports us so that we can continue to support you. We are a for-profit business by legal definition because we need to make a living and keep a roof over our heads. But we are deeply committed to the people and involved in a variety of community endeavours, so supporting us means you are also supporting those endeavours.
We steer away from providing any ceremonial information on our website with few exceptions. TLTP does not sell ceremony. We will always encourage you to seek the guidance of an Elder in your own community, if possible. If you have questions we may not have the answers, but in most cases, we will be happy to answer them to the best of our ability, or direct you to someone who may be able to help.
All our herbal products are either purchased from organic or ethically wildcrafted sources. Many are also certified Kosher. Whenever possible, we purchase from Indigenous suppliers and are always ready to help new Indigenous entrepreneurs. Many of our products are locally sourced but, if demand outweighs supply, we sometimes import herbs from trusted sources outside the region. Above all else, we pride ourselves on quality and service and have established a solid reputation over the years.
We own 10 acres of land in Clayton, Ontario. We don’t have a physical store, per say. Just rooms full of shelves and bins. The entire first level of our house has been converted for business use as we’ve grown. We operate by appointment for pick up, and are mainly a mail order company, plus we have “Turtle on the Road” which brings our products to various locations on a regular basis. We’ve been operating since 2006 like this. This business model allows us more time for family and the land, and the flexibility to continue studies, attend lodges and gatherings and support amazing people and organizations like Art For Aid, Circle of All Nations and Asinabka that are doing wonderful things.
We’ve met so many amazing people on this path. We offer our deep, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years. Your encouragement, loyalty and wisdom are greatly appreciated!
Chi Miigwetch (thank you!)
TURTLE ON THE ROAD REPRESENTATIVES
WELCOMING FRANCINE AND JOHN HENRI COMMANDA!
Please join me in offering a warm welcome to Francine and John Henri Commanda, our first Turtle on the Road hosts, who began working with us in the fall of 2017. They will be taking Turtle on The Road to pow wows and other venues across Eastern Quebec and Ontario. Thanks to them, we are now able to visit Wabano twice a month!