Some of the projects that we have undertaken since we began are:
Anishnabe 101 – a primer for anyone wanting to learn about our Indigenous Culture; first published in 2000, now on our 12th printing. You can get it here
‘Getting the Basics‘ Cultural Retreat in 2003 at Camp Lutherlyn on Golden Lake; sunrise ceremonies, teachings, feasts, circles.
‘Anishinabikwe Rising‘ Program in 2009-10 – a series of traveling workshops to introduce Indigenous Women to Talking Circles and Moon Ceremonies.
‘Anishinabikwe Rising II‘ Program in 2011-12 – a series of workshops on Traditional Arts & Crafts held at the Golden Lake Camp in Deacon for Indigenous Women from across the Algonquin Territory.
‘Reviving the Clan System‘ Program – a series of traveling Talking Circles to introduce the Clan System of Traditional Anishinabe Governance, and to discuss how it might be used today.
‘Indigenous History Month’ at Algonquin College Pembroke, each January since 2018: workshops, seminars, talking circles, ceremony.
Ceremonies are the Cultural Practice of our members and include quarterly ‘Change of Season’ Ceremonies to Feast our Bundles; Spring and Fall Sweat Lodges for cleansing; Talking Circles for sharing/unburdening, and other ceremonies as they are requested. Most require a whole day.
We also can be contracted to provide Traditional Openings for any gatherings taking place in our service area.
Seminars – Our format is to share the knowledge and then get your input via a Talking Circle — hall must be set up in a circle. We have many topics of Traditional Knowledge to share:
Implementing The Truth & Reconciliation’s Calls to Action
The Importance of Smudging
The Migration of the Anishinabe
Indigenous Spirituality as a Valid World Religion
The Thirteen Moons of Creation
Names & Clans
Workshops are interactive. Some that we have done and would enjoy doing again are:
The Power of The Circle
Making Talking Sticks/Smudging Feathers
Making a Dreamcatcher
The Kairos(c) Blanket Exercise
Rates for our Team to educate your audience has been set at $100/hour, plus mileage to your location, and the cost of supplies – in the case of workshops. We are not registered or required to charge HST. All of our Teams are Indigenous member volunteers; we receive no core funding to provide Cultural Education.
Schools in Renfrew County now have Indigenous Liason Officers who oversee a budget for Cultural Education; please ask your Principal for their contact information.