Photo: Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Dave Courchene is part of the advisory committee for the upstart GEM TV.
By Don Norman
Sagkeeng’s Turtle Lodge is playing an important role in the launch of a new media company that will focus on environmental and sustainability issues. Global Entertainment Media Television (GEM TV) is a “free-to-air” TV and video-on-demand Channel as well as digital platform that connects audiences to inspirational stories, educational resources, and industry research, educating and inspiring environmental transformation.
The videos they produce cover nine environmental topics, including: Energy, Climate Change, People on Earth, Forests, The Ocean, Biodiversity, Food, Sustainable Living and Water.
GEM TV’s website (www.gem-tv.com) already includes several videos produced by Turtle Lodge.
The Turtle Lodge is one fifty founding partners and are listed among some very prestigious international individuals and organizations including the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the Prince of Monaco Foundation and the Earth Day Network.
Indigenous Elder and Knowledge Keeper David Courchene, is singled out in GEM TV’s press release as one of the advisors for new media company. In addition to Courchene, the advisory board includes a renowned physicist, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, an internationally recognized soil microbiologist, and a former prime minister, among others.
A statement released by Turtle Lodge on November 21, indicated the organization is pleased to be a part of the new endeavour. “The Turtle Lodge takes great pride in being a founding partner and provider of content for GEM-TV Global Environment Media – a media company that utilizes the power of positive narrative, including Indigenous knowledge and science-based materials, to tell stories of progress and innovation about our planet and those who inhabit it,” read the statement.