Turtle Lodge Trading Post Inc.

Turtle Lodge Trading Post Inc.

Karen Bisson is Metis with Wendat and Mi'kmaw ancestors. Raised in Ottawa, she runs her business from her home in Clayton, Ontario.

Turtle Lodge Trading Post specializes in providing ceremonial herbs such as tobacco, sage, sweetgrass and cedar, and ceremonial tools such as smudge bowls and feathers. Karen sources products that are ethically harvested and organic. She has also started to expand into arts and crafts items such as quilts, talking sticks, masks and feather cases made by Francine Commanda. Karen started her business 15 years ago with the blessing of many of the elders and lodge keepers in the area for whom she was fulfilling a need by sourcing ceremonial medicines. Six years ago she quit her day job to focus on the business full time.

In recent years, Karen launched the "Golden Feather Initiative," donating Smudge Kits to the Shawnejeagamik Centre.

Karen has participated in the Festival numerous times, and she hopes to open her own store within the next few years.

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