Join us on Friday, November 30th for the release of our 2019 calendar and an exhibit honoring the youth who's photography is featured in it! The reception will take place between 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and calendars will be available to purchase for $15.
The Gimaajii Healthy Families Initiative works to strengthen culturally-based healthy eating, access to Indigenous food systems and culturally-based physical activities with children and families who live in AICHO’s permanent supportive housing programs. We believe youth leadership is a fundamental aspect of cultural resilience. At Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin, our urban Indigenous youth are leading the way in the garden, growing foods and medicines for their community. They lead in the kitchen, helping to prepare healthy foods and sharing with staff and families. They lead the way in the community, creating and foraging Indigenous food products to sell as part of a Gimaajii Youth Market team.
Over the last year, the program has provided children and families with many culturally-based experiences including a workshop on asemaa (traditional tobacco), traditional storytelling, hand drum making, sugar bush camp, foraging hikes, creating Indigenous recipes, Ojibwe Language Camp, weekly Ojibwe Language Table, powwows, berry picking, Wild Rice Camp, growing traditional medicines, and field trips to other Indigenous farms growing foods and medicines like Dream of Wild Health and Mino Babaamaadizwin (Fond du Lac Journey Garden). Art has been integrated into all of these experiences in the forms of photography, writing, and film, in order to capture the voices of our youth and hold them up as leaders.
We’re grateful for their curiosity, creativity and willingness as we continue on a path of healing for all of our relatives. Miigwech to Kristine Sorensen of In Progress for providing the platform for Gimaajii Youth to develop their voices in photography, reflecting their leadership in reclaiming Indigenous traditions, foods, values, and sense of cultural identity.
The Gimaajii Healthy Families Initiative received support from the following Foundations in 2018:
Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, United Way, Northland Foundation, Ordean Foundation, The Sheltering Arms Foundation, Center for Prevention Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Essentia Health.