Everyday Wellness

  • Learning the Languages and Rebuilding Our Communities

    Through initiatives and programs aimed at teaching new learners and ensuring more teachers to continue the work, communities are strengthening wellness for their members. Creating strong, confident minds within our communities will build stronger communities across Turtle Island.  ...

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  • Cedar

    Today we will explore our grandmother medicine commonly called Cedar or “giishik” in my Anishinaabe language. This beautiful being is often referred to as a grandmother and all of her body is medicinal in a wide variety of ways. She comes in many varieties but in the territory I come from, we access white cedar. ...

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  • Food for Wellness

    As Indigenous Peoples, we have a number of cultural teachings to lean on to educate ourselves on how to properly care for and nourish our bodies. Indigenous people and communities have cultivated, shared and passed down thousands of years of food knowledge, from generation to generation....

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  • Maple Season is Coming!

    It's time to start preparing for the Sugar Moon! The Sugar Moon is the third moon, also known as Ziisibaakadake Giizis, and is considered the New Year in Aaniishnaabe beliefs; it also marks the beginning of the maple season....

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  • Getting Girls in Sport

    ISWO truly believes that sport has the power to changes lives and understands the important and vital role women and girls play within Indigenous communities. We challenge you to encourage all the females in your life to participate in some type of sport and support them in their journey....

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  • Snack Healthy, Snack Better

    Some people may be tempted into thinking that the best snacks have to come from the store, ready to eat, but ISWO wants to help you make your own delicious and nutritious snacks at home. At the ISWO Office, we enjoy sharing our recipes and tips and we wanted to share them with you! ...

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  • Things to Try While Social Distancing

    At this point, some people have spent almost two-full weeks practicing social distancing and self-isolating in their homes. Families of all backgrounds and situations, are having to spend time inside with their loved ones and to make sure you’re not experiencing cabin fever, ISWO wanted to share a......

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  • New Season, New Goals

    Now that most of us are social distancing and staying home, this is a great time for self-reflection, goal setting and committing to making changes that enhance our emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental wellness....

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  • Focusing on Physical Wellness at Home

    Given the current rules of social distancing in place for our communities and families in Ontario, we wanted to share some tips and tricks to help support your physical wellness at home....

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  • Spring Renewal

    In many teachings, the medicine wheel represents the four directions: North is white, the East is yellow, the South is red, and the West is the black quadrant. Each colour and direction has a specific meaning to different tribes, many of them are alike as......

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  • Traditional Tobacco

    I have been asked many times to explain the usage of Traditional Tobacco, why it’s important and how to present it. It is my hope to cover some of the ways I have learned about this sacred medicine and how it’s used in particular in Anishinaabe communities because that is the community I belong to and the teachings I am responsible for. Preparation and use varies across this vast island as well but all believe that you must hold a good mind or attitude when working with this medicine....

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