The focus of these Cultural Training Pieces are to understand Indigenous World View and Ways of Knowing
- We Are All Related – Land Based – Gakina awiiya (All My Relations) Training (2 Days): This workshop is for communities or organizations in understanding how significant Land is for their youth and/or community, and tangible ways to bring in Land based learning for families and community members, and how to facilitate positive Land based activities according to your community’s specific needs. This training can be tailored for the early years, youth, parents and children, frontline workers, educators, health professionals, and leadership. It speaks to how we use the Land and how we can establish positive learning sites on the Land. Four stages of life includes: Baby(ies)- Abinoojiiyens(ag) Child(childeren)- Abinoojii(yag) Boy(s)- Gwiiwizens(ag) Girl(s)- Ikwesens(ag) Women(Women)- Ikwe(wag) Man(men)- Inini(wag) Old Woman(women)- Mindimooye(yag) Old Man(men)- Akiwenzii(yag)
- Land Connection –: This workshop focuses on Land connection, self reflection, recreation arts, safety, self care and leadership.
- Safety Training – This is a workshop on safety and creating safety networks. Here we will also talk about our Lived Experiences, and how we vision safety for ourselves and our families. Urban storytelling and Indigenous experiences on the Land is the focus.
- Creative Arts – Zahgidiwin (Coming from a place of Love)
This workshop will focus on Creative Arts with Indigenous women, and the arts.
- Elder Training- Nagwaagan-an -(Rainbow) This 2 day workshops helps to support Elders in the areas of Income Support, Human Rights, and Self Care using Indigenous Methods and the Arts. Very warm environment for Elders.
- Indigenous Mothering and Early Years Support- Mama Muckwa (mother bear)
breastfeeding, bonding, and where to go for services.
Three hours Indigenous Activities
1. Indigenous Knowledge: Star Party/Environmental Teachings- Ahnung (Star Party): Observing the Stars and learning about Indigenous astronomy
An evening of star watching. Prepare for a later evening(in the summer this can mean a viewing of 11p.m. and later). Family friendly.
- Indigenous Knowledge: Family friendly event. We will meet for one day in May, June, July, August, or September). All provincial parks have a clause where First Nation people can use parks for cultural or spiritual relationships, with a waived entrance fee.
- Indigenous Knowledge: Winter Storytelling and Crafts/Winter Activity- Nanabush Series: Winter time is the time we tell Nanabush Stories. Family Friendly stories and craft/Winter Activity, snowshoeing etc. We will meet for three consecutive Sundays in December, January, February, or March.
Programming in Thunder Bay
1. Land Connection and Leadership
Drawing upon Indigenous Knowledge youth will explore Indigenous Learning methods and learn about themselves, and explore how this relates to leadership while hiking or biking short distances in the city of Thunder Bay. This program combines physical education, social studies, and environmental education. While doing something physical youth will also learn more about the physical environment they are in, as well as developing large and small motor skills, socializing, and learning about being part of a team.
- Indigenous Arts/Music for Children:
Learning about Indigenous art, and exploring methods and studio time. Use of recycled materials from nature will be a focus, and in creating an organic, up cycled craft.
Learning about music and experiential creative movement. Participants will use their own experiences to guide them.
- Indigenous Movement and Song for Children: Learners will experience current Indigenous music and be encourage to experiment in respectful ways using creative movement, both individually and in with a group. Learners will be moving a lot, and encouraged to find their own unique rhythm.
- Indigenous Theatre for Children: Children will learn about theatre, and movement. Children will work towards a final presentation for their parents, providers, and guardians.
- Indigenous Environmental Education: Learners will learn about Indigenous science, and the unique world view of Indigenous environmental education by having their own first hand experiences in unique locations in Thunder Bay.
- Indigenous Literature: Literature teaches us about literacy, and also about culture and identity. Learners will get an opportunity to produce a their own literary piece, as well as learn about various forms of writing.
7. Indigenous Social Studies: Learning about social studies and who we are as Anishnaabe people in a unique Land based manner. Learning about relationships to Land, to self and to community will be focus in this program using a creative approach. Learning about LandClaims, Land Rights, Traditional and Contemporary Land use. Thinking about where youth fit into the Land, and how Land is significant for our learning and our good health.
- Anti Bullying: Offered in a culturally appropriate manner designed to give youth the skills to deflect bullying and also support with sites in order to alleviate bullying issues.