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.