Indigenous revitalization

Anishinaabe cook uses language to teach about traditional food

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By Waubgeshig Rice, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2016 4:28 PM ET

dan-kimewonDan Kimewon uses Anishinaabemowin to teach cooking and healthy living.

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An Anishinaabe cook is using his indigenous language and knowledge of traditional foods to teach people about culture and healthy eating at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Dan Kimewon, from Saugeen First Nation in southern Ontario, is in Ottawa this weekend to talk Anishinaabemowin (also known as the Ojibway language) with community members, lead cooking classes, and share his experiences of growing up with traditional Anishinaabe teachings about growing and preparing food.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health’s community kitchen is a weekly event. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC News)

“I’m here to teach about a healthy way of life, and how to cook in a healthy way,” said Kimewon, following a lesson with the Wabano diabetes program’s community kitchen, where people learn how to make healthy food options to manage diabetes.

He encourages people to move away from diets of processed and fast foods in hopes of curbing high rates of diabetes and obesity among indigenous people.

“We’ve got so many native people that are sick from this, and we’ve got to understand that,” he said.

Instead, he wants people to embrace more traditional indigenous foods like corn, also known as “mandamin” in Anishinaabemowin. He demonstrates how to prepare corn for soup and other meals in his presentations.

“[Corn] is a way of life of our people,” he said. “It never came from overseas. It’s from here. We’ve always had it.” Read More…

Summer Course: Place-based learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory

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Summer Course: Place-based learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory

This intensive two-week course (Jul 24 to Aug 4) offered by the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre will give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to engage directly in the emerging realm of place-based learning. The course is structured around foundational questions, such as, “How are people and place connected in ecologically unique landscapes?” and “What can we learn from the relationship between land, water, history, and contemporary revitalization efforts in the region?” Instructor: Dr. Tracy L. Friedel (UBC).

On-campus info sessions:

Wed, Feb 3, 5 – 6:30 PM, Room BIOL 2200
Thur, Feb 4, 5 – 6:30 PM, Room BUCH B210

For more information, email Meylin Zink Yi or call 604-728-3256.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 1, 2016


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McGILL UNIVERSITY – Tenure Track Position in COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education (

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Counselling Psychology at the Assistant Professor rank starting as early as May 1, 2014. The Counselling Psychology Program offers three degrees: two M.A. non-thesis programs (internship and research) and a Ph.D. program accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. The programs operate from a scientist-practitioner model.

We are searching for a candidate with a doctoral degree in counselling psychology or a related discipline who shows strong evidence of scholarly productivity, the development of a coherent and promising program of research consistent with a research-intensive university, and a record of successful teaching. The ability to teach statistics, expertise working with adolescents and children, and license eligibility in Quebec are all assets. Salary will be negotiable, according to qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted by February 10, 2014. Persons wishing to be considered for this position should submit electronically an application containing the following documents:

 a description of their program of research

 a statement of teaching philosophy and interests

 a curriculum vitae

 sample publication(s)

 three (3) letters of reference

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All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.