Minogin Gitigaanis Society
Welcome to Minogin Gitigaanis!
Our name, spelled ᒥᓄᑭᓐ ᑭᑎᑲᓂᔅ in syllabics, means Little Gardens Growing Well/Wellness in Anishinaabemowin, and was given to us by our Elder and Grandfather Eli James whose forefathers established a village at McDowell Lake, part way between Hudson’s Bay and Lake Superior.
Together with our many partners and members we seek to restore the Anishinaabe culture and language as we restore the land.
Their gardens and engagements focus on restoring native species to schools, hospitals, headquarters and homes, employing artistic methods to bring participants into a deeper connection to the land and her original people. Within healing spaces the trauma of residential school is reflected upon and lost lives memorialized; safe places to keep the learning alive.
Far North First Nation youth Peer Leaders,
leading the way forward
Over the last 5 years, Minogin Gitigaanis youth members have shared traditional skills and language, crafted learning experiences and made good things grow. They have made deep connections with people of all ages, spreading biodiversity and edible forest and pollinator plants along the way. It hasn’t always been easy, but their perseverance and cooperation have helped them move through tough experiences and connected them with new creative collaborations.
Our Seed Libraries are now stocked with Orange Flower Memorial Seeds!
We offer our parters a fully stocked Seed Library, when they join the Minogin Gitiganis Society. Hosting a diverse array of Indigenous and settler species, these libraries support growers of all ages and experience.
From seed to seed a library passes life from one hand to another. By holding onto the heritage and culture through traditional seeds, young people enjoy the gifts of their ancestors.
Setting seeds into the soil; caring for them and watching them grow leads to healthy connections with food and medicine plants. Just spending time in a garden reduces anxiety and depression. Relationships made in a community garden serve well as we continue to learn to grow.
Have seeds to share?
Consider donating them to our Indigenous seed library network
Feeding ourselves with food we’ve grown is an empowering experience. Sharing that food with others is too. Growing native food plants links us to this land in a very deep way. It is an act of reconciliation.
Your support for the Minogin Gitigaanis Program + Orange Flower Memorial Project helps First Nations youth continue to create lasting positive change, miigwetch.
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