Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour 2017

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***NEW DATE***

Aanii Boozhoo,
Chi-miigwetch (Big Thank you) for your understanding of Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour 2017 postponement. We are officially moving the Date till September 29- October 1, 2017! Same weekend layout out of joining a welcoming community dinner on Sept 29th starting at 5pm and panel of Our Sacred Connection to Water. September 30th is a full day of many classes on water teachings running from 10am-8pm. Then October 1st for Toxic Tours and classes running from 8am-6pm. This event is a FREE event, and everyone is welcome to attend .

Registration begins September 1st at **www.aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com**

Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2wwuLCr

Everyone is welcome to join us at our annual Water Gathering and ToxicTour at Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s Maawn Doosh Gumig (Place of Gathering). This event is a free educational and social gathering for the water.

Come to experience Chemical Valley first-hand. On this tour, you will learn the history of the industry surrounding the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Witness the pollution with your own eyes, ears, noses, and feel what it has done to our land and our people.

#AamjiwnaangWaterGathering #ToxicTour #WaterisLife

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

q: How and where do I register for this year’s Toxic Tour?

a: www.aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com

q: Is there camping overnight?

a: Yes, Camping will be offered the nights of the 18th and 19th

q: What should I bring?

a: Camping gear, your own plate, utensils, and cup or water bottle. If you can, please bring Tobacco to offer thanks to the Water, Bundles or sacred items are welcome, and gifts for elders.

q: Where is Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering?

a: 1972 Virgil Ave. Sarnia, Ont.

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SEPTEMBER 29- October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29th
-Indigenous Motherhood Connection to Water Panel Discussion
-Opening Social by the Fire

Saturday, September 30
-Local teachings of the land and water
-Teachings about why we protect the water
-Water Walk

Sunday, October 1
– 1. Toxic Tour
-2. Toxic Tour
– Dinner/ Closing ceremony


Wiigwaasi Ciimaan – Anishinaabe Thinking and Craftsmanship (Sylvia Plain)

The Wiigwaasi Ciimaan, the original canoe of the Great Lakes Basin is made up of materials gifted by Mother Earth and in collaboration with Anishinaabe thinking and craftsmanship, a new life and teacher was born – The Birch Bark Canoe.
In this session, Aamjiwnaang community member, founder of the Great Lakes Canoe Journey and a birch bark canoe-building apprentice, Sylvia Plain will be sharing her journey with you as she explores the teachings of the birch bark canoe, paddling with other Indigenous Nations and about the work that the Great Lakes Canoe Journey has done so far.

why is water sacred? (Mike Plain)– Learn the Anishnaabe teaching about water. Why do we call it sacred, how do we respect and treat the water? This workshop is important to our area of the great lakes, learn our teachings of the water that have been carried through generations.

Water Highways (David Plain)Learn about the Anishnaabeg Highways: Migration Routes, Pathways to Conflict, Trade Routes,  Lifestyle and its Waterways

Greenpeace: Social Media 101Learn new tools,  tricks about social media to use to your advantage in grassroots organizing, or personal.  

Greenpeace: Know Your RightsThis workshop will go over how to do a legal assessment and what your legal rights are in the context of Non-violent Direct Actions

Medicine Bag (Tim Plain) – Learn to make your very own Medicine Bag. To store sacred items, medicines, to carry around with you. (This workshop is not Vegan) Use your new medicine bag to carry tobacco to the water.

Greenpeace: Community Organizing– Come hear from one of the biggest NGOs about community organizing. Learn new skills, and knowledge to use in your own organizing.

Connection (Ishkode-Anaquodaquay)- Lynn will be sharing her thoughts on Connection…
Understanding connection to self, others, and creation are an integral part of the human experience. Lynn will share some of her life teachings and personal reflection of what connection means to her and why she recognizes the importance of honoring the connection not only to self but the expanse of time, space and the world we live in. In the rapidly changing times we live in today, it is of the utmost importance to embrace the interconnectedness of being human and thriving in the environment we create.



Sylvia PlainFrom Aamjiwnaang First Nation, is a community ambassador, water walker, researcher, birch bark canoe building apprentice and founder of the Great Lakes Canoe Journey. This past summer, Sylvia won a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the University of Toronto and she conducted research in New Zealand, focusing on the personhood of the Whanganui River.


David D. Plain– David D. Plain is a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation (Ojibwa) and a grandson of Chief On The Plain. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, Canada. Always a lover of history, he has devoted much time and effort to his family’s genealogy and how it has affected the history of the Ahnishenahbek of Aamjiwnaang. David has published four titles through Trafford Publishing. One title, “The Plains of Aamjiwnaang” won a Golden Scribe Award for excellence in the non-fiction category in 2008 and it was also a Finalist in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Awards


Timothy Plain, is an Anishinaabe nini, (Ojibway/Lenape), born and raised on Aamjiwnaang territory. An elder also, he is a very accomplished arts and crafts person, of many years. He also excels in the bakery field, where he worked in Toronto as a baker for many many years. He will be one of the presenters of the Water Gathering as he was in last years gathering, teaching how to make tobacco pouches and medicine bags. He also excels in beadwork, but time allowed will not be enough to show the works of beadwork. Semaa, (tobacco) ties and bags are used to give offerings to the waters, and all the gifts the Creator gives us for life. And Tim offers up this time for you to make these medicine bags.


Aaniin, Waynaboozhoo:
My name is M’skwaa Giizhig, of the Mizhiikenh clan. Born and raised in Aamjiwnaang. My colonized name is Michael. I will be one of the presenters @ this gathering, as I was at last years gathering. I am born of Anishinaabe (Ojibway) and Lenape (Delaware) parents, and raised on the teachings of the Three Fires way of life. All that I’ve learned thus far, is all that I can speak of. Taught from my elders and teachers I’ve encountered in my life’s path.  I have been recognized by the then Chief Chris Plain and council, to be a recipient of an Elders recognition award, ten years ago. This surprised me, as elders at the awarding night were like 10+ years older than me. But, I believe our Chief and Council believed in me as to what knowledge of our traditional ways and teachings I have retained and pass on to our youth, and our community. I will talk upon the same topic as I was chosen for, in last years gathering. Why is water sacred to our way of life? I am honored to be asked to speak again. And hope to see a huge gathering once again.


Boozhoo Nindiwaymooguniidoog,
Ishkode-Anaquodaquay N’dizhnikaaz
M’kwa N’dodemun
Ojibwe/Bowdaymadomi Anishnaabe N’daaw
Aamjiwnaang N’doonjibaa
Nizo Ayeegwaa Mideo

Greetings All My Relations,

Lynn’s spirit name is “Fire in the Clouds Woman”, and belongs to the Bear Clan of the Ojibwe-Bowdaywadomi Nation. Her heart sounds from the place where the water flow swiftly and the people gather, Aamjiwnaang, and is a second-degree Midewiwin.

Lynn has had the privilege of living both in Canada and the United States learning from many different races of man while visiting many places in both countries. She is a proud grandmother of six, a mother of five, and has a very large extended family.

She has enriched my mind and spirit by gathering knowledge from books and scholars (both native and non-native), as well as programs of study that are offered at higher education institutes. She has studied Business, Culinary Management and Traditional Aboriginal Healing Methods. Not to mention the wealth of knowledge she values most is that which have been gained by sitting upon the earth listening to the sacred sounds of the elders who share teachings of creation, spirit, the life road from birth to death and beyond.


Janelle Nahmabin is of the Bear Clan and comes from a family of medicine people. She practices holistic healing and encourages others to live a more mindful lifestyle. She is a mother of 3 and a defender of Mother Earth

Greenpeace- Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

Michael Toledano is a multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker with extensive Photoshop experience. His short films on the grassroots struggles of Unist’ot’en Camp and Black Lives Matter Toronto have been seen around the globe.