Ojibiikaan was founded in 2018 to address gaps in Toronto related to Indigenous food sovereignty, such as food and nutrition education, sustainable food systems and practices, and traditional ecological knowledge.
Ojibiikaan provides opportunities to engage with the land across the City to Toronto and the outer city. We connect with the land through activities like medicine walks, snowshoeing, sugarbush tapping, gardening and traditional cooking. Our programming is always centred on ceremony, offerings, songs and storytelling. We take a holistic approach that centres and honors the land, have knowledge of protocols, ceremonies and ways of relating to the land and are an entirely Indigenous team that has an understanding of the historical, cultural and social significance to the land.
We vision a thriving, sustainable and culturally grounded community supported by:
- Indigenous Food Sovereignty
- Language and cultural revitalization
- Advocacy for urban Indigenous visibility
We offer programming for Indigenious families across the GTA- with children aged 0-6. Some of our programs include:
TRADITIONAL INDIGENOUS COOKING
Do you know who the three sisters are? Corns, beans and squash! They are traditionally grown together on big mounds of earth, and they are cooked together too, into a yummy stew. Come try it with us!
Our EarlyON mobile programming will provide parents/caregivers with children 0-6 year, and their older siblings opportunities to build a relationship with our food, land, plants and animals across the city of Toronto. In our cooking programs, families will:
- Learn how to cook using Traditional Indigenous Foods
- Build hands-on cooking skills for adults and kids
- Reclaim language and stories through food
- Experience the joy of coming together to eat!
HEALING MEDICINES & PLANTS
Cedar is one of our sacred medicines.
Do you know how to say cedar in Ojibwe? Giizhik
Do you know how to say cedar in Mohawk? Onen’takwenten:sera
Our EarlyON mobile programming will provide parents/caregivers with children 0-6, and their older siblings opportunities to build a relationship with our food, land, plants and animals across the city of Toronto. In our medicines and plants programs, families will:
- Build relationships with plants
- Learn how plants can heal
- Make teas, oils and salves for daily health
- Reconnect with the land
And many more our programming schedules are all posted on our Instagram pages monthly!