Renewing Our Spirit

The Elders of Neyaashiinigmiing

The Maadookii Seniors Group

The stories and the photographs of the Elders of Neyaashiinigmiing document the stories of their community, their families and honour the contributions they made to the Neyaashiinigmiing way of life.
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“The stories in this volume III of the Chippewas of Nawash Senior’s memories, I found to be most fascinating. Their stories evoked in me many memories of a much more simple life where the Seven Grandfather Teachings were still practiced. At the same time, I felt a sense of mournfulness and yearning by individuals to return to that place.
‘Renewing Our Spirit’ is the title of this edition and a project that the Maadookii Seniors Group embarked upon less than a year ago. The intent of the project is to try to do just what the title infers—return to those values of sharing and caring about your neighbours. Our other purpose is to document the stories of our community, its families and to honour the contributions they made to our way of life. Hopefully, our young people will take an interest in them and after reading them be able to say—’yeah those were my relatives and I’m proud of what they did!’

There are many lessons to be learned from what the Seniors are saying in their stories. A lump came to my throat while reading them but also smiles and laughter as the humour for which our people are known, came through—loud and clear. A common theme is how beautiful and peaceful this land, Cape Croker, is and no matter what, it’s this land that makes us feel good and at ease from the stresses of our modern way of life.”

Lana Landon, Vice President, Maadookii Seniors Group


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