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Indigenous Guardians Program

Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership

April 2020 – Current

Project entails development of an Indigenous Guardians Program for the proposed twinning of the Trans Canada Highway across Ontario. The program incorporates key elements of protection of the lands, skies, soils, and waters, and the Anishinaabe identity through cultural practices, ceremonies, and Anishinaabemowin (language). The program incorporates creative elements of teaching and learning targeted at community members of all ages. Narratives is assisting members of the four Anishinaabe communities in the Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership, Washagamis Bay First Nation, Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation (Dalles), Wauzhushk Onigum Nation (Rat Portage), and Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, in the development of this program.

An elderly Indigenous man wearing a ball cap and a black jacket with high visibility stripes draws in the snow with a stick. A group of Indigenous adults and youth stand in a row in front of him and watch him draw. They are outside in winter on a snowy road.

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An Anishinaabe drum sits on a grassy field. In the foreground is a container for smudging. Empty chairs are in the background.

Harmonized Impact Assessment – Phase 2

Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership

April 2020 – Current

Five Indigenous men wearing t-shirts and ball caps sit on red chairs in a circle while they drum on a large drum in the middle. They are sitting inside a large wooden ceremonial building.

Anishinaabe Aki Kakendamowin – Phase 2

Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership

April 2020 – Current

A feather hangs from a red cloth wrapped staff. Another staff like it sits in the background. Partial arms of men drumming can be seen beside the staffs.

Settlement Trust Development Planning

Washagamis Bay First Nation

December 2020 – Current