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TURTLE ISLAND NEWS is Canada’s only national native weekly newspaper, published every week at the Grand River Territory of the Six Nations in southern Ontario, complimented by our growing online version, the only national native news online-daily of its kind in Canada.

We are  a politically independent media and publishing company  owned and operated by Aboriginal People.

Turtle Island News is the concept of publisher Lynda Powless with 30 years of experience working in mainstream media from the CBC to national newspapers. In 1994 Lynda decided to apply those skills and experience in her home community of Six Nations by launching a weekly newspaper in the basement of her home. That newspaper was closely followed by launching of Turtle Island News online at a time when even dailies weren’t focusing on, online potential.

Both the newspaper and online edition have grown to reaching a readership and audience of  over 100,000  and is now Canada’s most respected national native news outlet with a continuous growing national and international market share.

Lynda, herself is one of Canada’s most celebrated native journalists with numerous journalism awards from her more than 30 years working for daily newspapers across Ontario and New York, the CBC, and other mainstream media.

From our meagre beginnings in the basement of her home, Turtle Island News has grown into a publication’s  and media company publishing several magazines; Aboriginal Business, Aboriginal Tourism and Aboriginal Golf, along with books.

Turtle Island News is a member of :
Native American Journalists Association
Native Journalist Association
International Committee to Protect Journalists Worldwide


Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Creation Story
Generations ago, Haudenosaunee legend tells us, that Sky Woman fell through a hole in the Sky World and tumbled downward toward the earth that was covered in water. As she fell, the birds came up to hold her and bring her gently to the earth. As she and the birds fell downward, the Great Sea Turtle rose from the seas and spread his legs outward. The animals came up from the ocean bringing mud from the ocean floor, placing it on the Great Sea Turtle.

By the time Sky Woman landed on the Great Turtle’s back, an island had formed…Turtle Island.

From that island came North America and the world of the First Peoples of this land.

Turtle Island News brings you the stories of these the people every week.

An international, award winning aboriginal newspaper, Turtle Island News brings you news, features and events from aboriginal communities across the country.

With a  NATIONAL reach, we have been awarded the Native American Journalists’ Association (NAJA) “Best Weekly Newspaper in North America” award and our publisher is a recipient of the WASSAJA Award for her “outstanding service to native journalism.” In addition she has been honoured as one of Canada’s top 100 businesswomen.

Since Turtle Island News has been launched it has broken new ground in native journalism, calling on aboriginal politicians to be accountable for their actions while telling the stories of our elders, artists, our prophecies as they unfold and stories of aboriginal athletes, volunteers and newsmakers.

Turtle Island News is  located at the Grand River Territory of the Six Nations, one of the most progressive aboriginal communities in Canada and home to the Haudenosaunee/Iroquoian peoples.

Six Nations is the only community where you will find all of the Six Nations peoples. It is home to the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora.

It is the home of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy and the customs and language of its people.

Nia:weh for visiting our website. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the First Peoples of North America, their triumphs, their sorrows and their political struggles as we bring you their stories in Turtle Island News, Canada’s fastest growing aboriginal newspaper.

Turtle Island News is published weekly on the Six Nations Grand River Territory. It is a politically independent newspaper that is wholly owned and operated by aboriginal people. No portion of the newspaper, including advertisements, pictures or editorial content may be reproduced without permission.

Turtle Island News is a member of:
Canadian Journalists Association
Native American Journalists Association
International Committee to Protect Journalists Worldwide
Ontario Community Newspaper Association   Canadian Community Newspaper Association
Turtle Island News 
P.O. Box 329, 2208 Chiefswood Rd., Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0
T: 519.445.0868 F: 519.445-0865
E: sales[at]theturtleislandnews.com or news[at]theturtleislandnews.com


We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada
Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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