Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 06, 2014 10:00 ET

Preserving Aboriginal Culture in Garden River

Government of Canada supports Garden River First Nation

GARDEN RIVER, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $42,000 through the Aboriginal Women's Program to support the Garden River First Nation's Anishnaabekweok Bimaadiziwin - Anishinaabe Women's Good Life project. The project focuses on re-connecting Aboriginal women with their cultural identities through a series of culturally relevant workshops.

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The workshops presented during the Anishnaabekweok Bimaadiziwin - Anishinaabe Women's Good Life project will provide Aboriginal women with healthy and safe spaces to engage with peers and mentors in order to share and transfer traditional knowledge in the community.
  • Activities will include the formation of a Women's Council, traditional crafts, ceremonies, and teachings.


"The Government of Canada is committed to helping Aboriginal communities strengthen their cultural identity. By supporting initiatives like the Anishinaabe Women's Good Life project, we empower women to preserve and revitalize the cultural identity of their community and their language."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"I am proud to see our Government supporting projects that give so much back to the community. This funding will help protect First Nations cultural identities and support women leadership in the Garden River First Nations community."

-Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie)

"Garden River First Nation is grateful for the support we receive, which will allow our women to participate in the Anishinabekweok Bimaadiziwin project that focuses on the Ojibway language and cultural teachings. This opportunity will provide women in our community and their families with a variety of programming that will enhance their knowledge of the Ojibway language and culture. Increasing the number of people that practise our language and culture is key to ensuring it remains alive for our future generations."

-Chief Lyle Sayers, Garden River First Nation

Associated Links

Garden River First Nation

Aboriginal Women's Program

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Jillian Lum
    Manager of Regional Communications
    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage