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The Wiikwemkoong Greenhouse for Change: From idea to reality

By Anna Woodmass / June 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

Up until now, we have updated all of you on our major milestones, but we have not had the opportunity to share with you the stories of the people and ideas behind our projects. We have therefore dedicated this blog post to the origin story of the Wiikwemkoong Greenhouse for Change (for details of the […]

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Multiple Meanings in Kent Monkman’s “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience”

By Anna Woodmass / March 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

On current display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, located on Queen’s University’s campus, is Kent Monkman’s most recent project, titled Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Last week I was lucky […]

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Your Choice Homes Inc: “Turning Blueprints into Curriculums and Jobsites into Classrooms”

By Anna Woodmass / March 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Focus Forward For Indigenous Youth’s ongoing project in Montreal Lake Cree Nation, will hopefully  be partnered with Saskatchewan based contractor, Your Choice Homes Inc (YCH). YCH has ample experience working with First Nation communities on similar construction projects. This week I was able to talk with Jay Noel –Community Partner of YCH –about the mandate […]

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Chief Little Pine School’s Value of Experiential Learning

By Anna Woodmass / February 6, 2018 / 1 Comment

Experiential learning is an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom, as it allows students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems or authentic situations. It is a practice which we at Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth deploy in our community-focused programming by combing theoretical classroom learning with the practical execution of building something concrete, […]

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“Bee Nation” Indigenous Film Screening to Sprout Hope Gardens

By Anna Woodmass / December 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

On Monday, December 5th, Focus Forward For Indigenous Youth hosted a screening of the film Bee Nation and a silent art auction of beautiful works donated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists as a fundraising initiative. The proceeds from this fundraiser are all going towards our inaugural greenhouse build in Montreal Lake Cree Nation. For those […]

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Unleashing Potential: Wiikwemkoong’s Combination of Traditional Knowledge with Skills Based Programs

By Anna Woodmass / December 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island is the location of our second greenhouse project: The Wiikwemkoong Greenhouse for Change. However, this is not the only exciting project underway in Wiikwemkoong. A chat with Jocelyn Bebamikawe and Christianna Jones- both working at Wiikwemkoong Development Commission (WDC), Wii-ni n’guch-tood Labour Market Services branch- shed light on some […]

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