Lakehead, Biitigong Nishnaabeg partner on land-based program 

March 25, 2020

Lakehead University and Biitigong Nishnaabeg, a northwestern Ontario First Nation, have announced that they are collaborating on a master’s level, land-based program. Part of the pilot program includes learning how to harvest and process wild rice, and the first cohort primarily consisted of teachers at Endzhi-gkinoohmaading, the elementary school in Biitigong. "As soon as the kids are out on the land their demeanour just completely changes,” said Endzhi-gkinoohmaading teacher Amy Michano, “and just having something like this, having it validated just means so much more to them because now we can actually prove to say that this is invaluable." "We've sort of jumped in with I think a lot of trust on both sides," said Lakehead Chair of Graduate Studies & Research in Education Paul Berger. "The instructors and the lead people in the community decided that rice harvesting could be part of that. And we did the risk management stuff incredibly quickly and boom they were on the land."  CBC  (ON)