Ogichidaa Manidoo Jiimaan Babaamaadiziwan

Warrior Spirit Canoe Journey Information for this article was provided by Waawaashkeshii Nini (Luke Rouillard) and written by Philip Martin. Quotations and photos are from Waawaashkeshii Nini’s emails and facebook pages. On June 10, Waawaashkeshii Nini, Gegek-Waatig (hawk staff) and Jiimaan (canoe) will begin paddling on a Ceremonial Canoe Journey along the Grand River, fromContinue reading “Ogichidaa Manidoo Jiimaan Babaamaadiziwan”

Grand River Haiku: January Reflections Along The River

By Philip Martin At the recent dawning of the New Year I wondered: In the midst of this pandemic, in the cold of light-deprived January, what would happen if I went to the river every day? I love taking pictures and I thought this photography could help me note small and large changes in theContinue reading “Grand River Haiku: January Reflections Along The River”

Nga’ zichigee, nibi onjii: We do it for the water

By Mary Anne Caibaiosai Boozhoo Nindawemaganidoog! Nodin Ikwe Ndizhnikaaz. Mukwa ndodem. Wiikwemkoong Manido Minising ndoonjibaa. E-kinomaagaziid ndaaw. My English name is Mary Anne Caibaiosai and I am the lead for the All Nations Grand River Water Walk. I began this journey after I walked with the late Josephine Mandamin; our first Anishnaabe water walker whoContinue reading “Nga’ zichigee, nibi onjii: We do it for the water”

A River Runs Through Me: From Wandering Stranger To Sacred Presence

By Philip Martin For much of my life the Grand River has been a wandering stranger.  I knew the river existed, and would occasionally nod to its beauty while riding my bike along its shores or dipping my body in the coolness of the Kauffman flats.  But I did not know the river as aContinue reading “A River Runs Through Me: From Wandering Stranger To Sacred Presence”