The tall limestone cliffs and turquoise water of the Bruce Peninsula provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Credit: Scott Parker
Sharing information on Best Management Practices is an important part of collaboration between the individuals, communities, watershed groups and governmental agencies at work for Lake Huron. Credit: BPBA
Exposed limestone bluffs at Cave Point, Bruce Peninsula.
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
Southern Ontario agriculture along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Sand beach and dune complexes are found along the southeastern shores, such as those pictured here near Pinery Provincial Park. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Lake Huron waters support a thriving agricultural sector, particularly in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Volunteers engaged in stream restoration efforts in a Lake Huron tributary. Photo credit: MSIA
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
The St. Marys River flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, contributing 8 billion liters/hour to the receiving basin in Lake Huron. Photo credit: Mark Chambers

Oshkinigig: The Wiigwaas Jiimaan

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The wiigwaas jiimaan (birch bark canoe) is deeply rooted within Anishinaabek (Anishinaabe people) identity and culture. It connects people to the water, to the land, and to each other. A jiimaanke (canoe build) is a group effort, bringing together families and community members of all ages and skills. It is one of the most complex forms of Anishinaabek science and technology. The jiimaanke took place at Sail Parry Sound beginning on October 7th, 2019. It was led by a team of Indigenous youth known as the Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY). They were guided by the expertise of a Great Lakes Anishinaabek canoe building team. With community support and the dedication of 40+ Parry Sound High School students, the jiimaan was built in 19 intensive and beautiful days. The building of Oshkinigig was a vision shared by youth, elders, and adults alike to revitalize the wiigwaas jiimaan as part of Anishinaabe aadziwin (way of life) and ininemowin (thought/philosophy).

Nearest city or town: Parry Sound
Project start date: October 7, 2019
End date: October 25, 2019

Project focus: Education / Outreach
Project contact: Kyla Judge

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