Niigaaniin Services Mino Bimaadizidaa Celebrates Graduating Class of 2021


Niigaaniin Services celebrate the graduating class from the Mino Bimaadizidaa program. Today, participants are celebrated for their commitment and perseverance to healing and reconnecting to their Anishinaabe roots and gaining life-long skills to guide them on their employment journeys. Mino Bimaadizidaa has quickly evolved into a formal wellness support program within our communities.

We work together to learn and share traditional knowledge including old teachings,literacy, life skills, managing your zhooniyaa, language, history and how to cope with grief, trauma, and addictions. At the end of their journey, participants are able to honour their gifts through their employment and walk the good life with a peaceful spirit and knowing that they have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to connect with their traditional ways.

Mino Bimaadizidaa is an ever-evolving program. Participants contribute through the knowledge and lived experiences they share during the program. A big part of rebuilding the path of life is learning to define your own wins.

“Three Mino Bimaadizidaa facilitators just left after a quick graduation visit, too bad they could not stay to long…Grateful for meeting you all and looking forward to our chats. ” said Sarah Shawbonquit, participant and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek community member.

“Niigaaniin Services saw a need in our communities for a more holistic educational healing program, to lend a hand-up to the community members that have been failed by these systems.” Said Elizabeth Richer, Director of Niigannin Services. “If there is one thing that Anishinaabe people have known and been advocating for, it is that we know what is best for our communities, and we also know best how to deliver that support.”

The success of the Mino Bimaadizidaa program in our communities represents something we’ve always know to be true; Anishinaabe people are resilient and will continue to rise up and take control of our healing, wellness, and traditions on our own terms.