My name is Taylor Galvin, and I am from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Treaty 1. As Indigenous peoples we are by nature land guardians and water protectors, and in recent times our voices and environmental concerns are finally coming to the forefront of media attention. So, it comes as no surprise that we are now seeing an outpour of land-based resources, education centers, curriculums, webinars, and more.
KIS KIN HA MA KI WIN is land-based youth program based out of the Environmental Conservation Lab at the University of Manitoba, and our goal is to provide Indigenous youth with opportunities to learn about environmental sciences through Indigenous cultural worldviews and customs. I have been a land-based educator, and the coordinator for the program for 3 years and I am proud of the work I get to do, the youth and elders I get to work with, and the community engagement of the various places we have visited.
Since 2019, myself and the team have hosted land-based camps in Brokenhead, Sagkeeng, Keeseekoowenin, Couchiching, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin, Tataskweyak, Nisichawayasihk, and more. For 2022 we have planned camps in Black River, Norway House, and Churchill, and there is always an opportunity for your community to get involved and have us plan and provide the funding to host a camp with elders, youth, and knowledge keepers where you live.
Throughout the pandemic, we had to think quickly and come up with new ways to present land-based education. So, we adapted to a virtual world and began work on the KIS KIN HA MA KI WIN web series. This web series focuses on traditional teachings, while incorporating science into each episode. For example, in episode 2, Mitiginaabe, we speak with a knowledge keeper about the trees and plants as our teachers. Touching base on the traditional significance of plants as medicines, use in Sundance ceremonies, but also discussing the science of how trees grow and photosynthesize.
As we move into a new year, we have new videos coming up and plenty more camps to plan. If your community, classroom, or organization would like to host a camp or workshop, please contact us at landlearning.ca or [email protected]. Let’s plan a sustainable future for the next 7 generations. Check out the KIS KIN HA MA KI WIN web series on YouTube.