Gikinoo’Amaadiwag Mashkikiike

Gikinoo’amaadiwag mashkikiike means “they teach each other medicines .” In this program, we will bring youth onto the land to learn about medicine practices, language, and traditional ecological knowledge. Medicine-making is interlinked with Indigenous Food Sovereignty. From an Indigenous perspective, food itself is seen as medicine: a nutritious diet of traditional foods is integral to health and wellbeing.

Gikinoo’amaadiwag mashkikiike will contribute to the revitalization of Indigenous culture and traditional food systems by:

Increasing accessibility of traditional practices for relating to the land with Indigenous plants in urban areas

Relearning traditional protocols and practices around medicine-making

Incorporating art into learning by developing a thirteen moons calendar and other art-based activities throughout the program

Gikinoo’amaadiwag mashkikiike is important for the same reasons we founded Ojibiikaan: to create spaces for urban Indigenous youth to come together and connect with their roots.

Program Details:

10 gatherings

Medicines and gifts

Forest Therapy

Connecting to the land through arts

Growing medicines

Time as Medicine” workshop

Overnight trip to Crawford Lake