2016 YOUTH PROJECTS
8th Fire: Obishikokaang Youth Cultural Programming
Four directions youth group well-being project
From the Anishinaabe Nation to the Deaf Nation: Translating Culture
Girls and Mothers Making Connections Winter Fun
Kanienke’ha:ka Flint Corn seed saving and community garden
M’Chigeeng Lil’Sisters Empowerment Project
Mno Wiisini Gitigaan
(Eat Good Food Garden)
Project George youth trapper training project
Builds support for youth in Lac Seul First Nation to access cultural teachings in a series of workshops and land-based activities, including: canoeing lessons, wild rice picking, and winter storytelling and teachings. Check out their photos!
Engages youth in cultural art/artisanal crafts (hand drum making, woodlands painting workshops, moccasin making and storytelling from elders) to address mental health issues through therapeutic arts and crafts inspired by First Nations, and to promote the well-being of the youth in the community. The program helps restore language and culture, and inspires youth to continue learning about their culture in Wabauskang.
Translates the Anishinaabe language into sign language, by translating information like Water Drum teachings, the Water Walk teachings and the 7 Grandfather teachings. A video using footage from the School of the Deaf in Belleville, Ontario will be created and shared online. The video will provide a great deal of knowledge and will also be shared at cultural events.
Brings mothers and daughters together to design and sew a traditional skirt and dancing regalia. The community comes together to enjoy the winter fun games that the group organizes, with the goal being tobuild relationships within the Couchiching community.
Building off the Six Nations community work, this project continues to expand heirloom seed stock of traditional flint corn, and engages a number of volunteers, including youth from the TRACKS TrentU youth program. Indigenous youth receive hands on learning in gardening and harvesting, and corn that is harvested will be used in traditional community feasts, while promoting food sovereignty.
A girls group that meets monthly to actively learn and share about self-empowerment, Anishinaabek culture, relationships, and mental and physical wellness. This year there will be two streams, a junior stream for girls in grades 5 and 6, and a senior stream for girls in grades 7 and 8. Project delivery is via monthly sleepover retreats and after school sessions.
Provides space for traditional planting practices in a rural setting by and for Indigenous youth, who do not have access to land for growing food and medicines otherwise. The goal is to foster empowerment rooted in Indigenous community and grounded in youth leadership and mentorship. The project creates relationship building between regional youth and farmers and increases access to food and plant medicine that will strengthen communities. Check out their photos!
Trains up to 12 Indigenous youth ages 14-20 years old to be licensed trappers. Youth learn traditional lifelong Cree hunting skills, such as setting traps, checkups, processing furs and hides, and shipping items to market. These activities help increase self-esteem, confidence, hope and optimism in the future. Funds raised from the sale of the furs is donated back to the project.
NW Ontario, Lac Seul
Ear Falls and
Eastern Ontario, Hastings
Eastern Ontario, Peterborough
NE Ontario, M'chigeeng
Central Ontario, Wyebridge
NE Ontario, Moose Factory