Golden Eagle changing sky is the Anishinabe name given to a young boy in Kenora yesterday. John Bilton talks about why his family was honoured to be part of the traditional ceremony.
"If we share more, hopefully children like my son -- and others like him -- will do better than many who came before us," he said, after the ceremony.
Along with the traditional welcome into the Ojibway community, the young man was also welcomed into the Eagle clan, who are believed to be spiritual people with the gift of vision.
"I considered it an honour," Bilton emphasized, with reference to yesterday's traditional ceremony.
"The naming ceremony is an essential part of the Anishinabe culture, and the recognition of the power of children and ultimately the responsibility we have towards them," he continued.
Along with an eagle feather, Bilton's son was provided with the first of four lessons.
"I think it's fair to say we will grow to better understand," said the father, noting the mother and grandfather were also present.
Bilton said he was moved deeply, as he watched his son be welcomed into the Anishinabe community with a kissed on the head by the elder.
"What's beautiful and fascinating about today is that it's the beginning of the journey. We weren't given all the answers," Bilton underlined.