Mitigomin Social Enterprise

Towards truth and reconciliation

In May of 2021, I felt great sorrow by the discovery of the burial grounds of 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. I also felt a strong drive to take meaningful action - this led to the creation of the Mitigomin Social Enterprise.

My  name is Lisa June Byers. In 2016, I became a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. I am of mixed ancestry including Ojibwe, Scottish, and Irish; my Kokum is Ojibwe and a member of Wabauskang First Nation in North-Western Ontario.

LJ Turtle is an award-winning, Ontario-based designer of specialty aromatherapy blends and handcrafted essential oil diffuser jewelry and accessories. 

Since 2021, over $30K has been raised with over 3,500 acorns sold.

In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, my fundraising efforts benefit Indigenous organizations like the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario -  home of one of the last standing residential school buildings in Canada. Donations have gone to their 'Save the Evidence' campaign and their Cayuga language program, 'Cycle of Ceremonies'.

Additionally, four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been achieved:
• SDG4: Quality Education
• SDG8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
• SDG10: Reduced Inequalities
• SDG12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Miigwetch for your continued support.



Mitigomin, is the Ojibwe word for acorn; roughly translated, it means small wood globular berry. It represents a path towards reconciliation, while honouring the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples in this province and across Turtle Island.