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Artemis 2 Astronaut Completes Vision Quest

Jeremy Hansen has completed a four-day Indigenous vision quest as part of his training for the Artemis 2 mission.

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Zac Aubert

Zac Aubert

Tue Jun 13 2023Written by Zac Aubert

Jeremy Hansen has completed a four-day Indigenous vision quest as part of his training for the Artemis 2 mission.

Hansen embarked on the unique and spiritual vision quest at Turtle Lodge, an international center for Indigenous education dedicated to promoting a "good and peaceful way of life." The lodge draws inspiration from the teachings of the Anishinaabe peoples of the region, following their universal values encapsulated in the seven sacred laws and the eight paths of life.

Hansen took to Twitter to share his experience and express his gratitude for the opportunity.

Traditionally, a vision quest is a rite of passage undertaken by young individuals transitioning into adulthood.

Participants fast for four days while secluded in the wilderness under the guidance and supervision of Indigenous elders. During this time, they separate themselves from the influences of society, seeking solitude with nature and connecting with their inner spirit.

David Courchene, an elder and Nii Gaani Aki Innini (Leading Earth Man) of the Anishinaabe, explained the purpose of the vision quest is to immerse oneself in the land, which holds deep cultural significance for the Anishinaabe, provides a space for inner peace and the exploration of personal visions.

Hansen's involvement with Indigenous communities spans several years, demonstrating his commitment to understanding and respecting their cultures. He has made multiple visits to the far north of Canada and contributed four years of work to the Ulnooweg Education Centre.

In 2018, he played a significant role in the establishment of a new educational space at the L'nu Sipuk Kina'Muokuom (LSK) School in Sipekne'katik First Nation, Nova Scotia. 

Hansen has previosuly emphasized the importance of Indigenous knowledge in addressing critical global issues like climate change and environmental stewardship. 

The Canadian Space Agency shares these priorities, and through his experiences attending pow-wows, participating in sweat ceremonies, and engaging in pipe ceremonies, Hansen has recognized the value of Indigenous wisdom in tackling these challenges.

By undertaking the vision quest, Hansen deepened his connection with Indigenous traditions, furthering his understanding of humanity's relationship with the Earth and reinforcing his commitment to promoting a sustainable future. Hansen's experience is expected to shape his perspective and contribute to his role as an ambassador for both space exploration and the preservation of our planet.