We had so much fun processing apples last month! We had a lot of help by Gimaajii youth, community members, AICHO Artist Wendy Savage did a taste testing of the apples with Kayla, and we'd like to give a special shout out to our volunteers from Trillium Services! Thanks to Katie Hanson, Children's Activities Coordinator, and Ivy Vainio, Climate & Cultural Resiliency Coordinator for all their help with this event. Read more...
Funding provided in part by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Climate and Cultural Resiliency Grant and the Healthy Families Initiative.
Photos by Ivy Vainio.
Above: Maamawi was yet another event with standing room only - the title of the event means "Together" in Ojibwemowin, and it certainly described the mood of the evening!
Below: (Left) Linda LeGarde Grover did a special reading at the event from her newest book, Onigamiising, available now in the Indigenous First Gift Shop. (Right) Brian Dow of Red Lake was a special guest artist on the opening night; this was his first time exhibiting at AICHO and his painting garnered a lot of positive remarks!
Photos by Ivy Vainio.
This event was an educational 101-style presentation that focused on solar power, vermicomposting, and Ojibwe values and perspectives as it relates to the environment and sustainability. Speakers included John Ruvelson from RREAL Solar, Bret Pence from Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Ellen Sandbeck with LaVerme’s Worms, and Wayne Dupuis from Fond du Lac Reservation’s Environmental Program.
This event opened community members, Gimaajii residents, and AICHO staff members eyes and minds about solar power technology and the benefits of having a social justice and equitable approach to climate change, composting with worms, and how/what we can do to lessen our carbon footprint now and for the 7th generation. We learned about the science behind solar power, and how we can use worm juice from the compost to fertilize our gardens and how to get rid of food and other unwanted waste in an ecological way, and also about the Fond du Lac Reservation’s renewable energy projects and how they are tied into American Indian culture and traditional ways.
Co-Sponsor was Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Climate and Cultural Resiliency Grant and AICHO.
Photos provided by Ivy Vainio.