"All My Relations"


“All My Relations,” led by Kim Anderson, is the Indigenous ways of knowing cluster, providing Indigenous mentoring and networking, as well as land-based learning and activities. “All My Relations” provides space on campus for Indigenous knowledges and practices, with projects that include land-based pedagogies, Indigenous feminist exploration of space and place, and language revitalization. 

Current and Future Projects:

Nokom's House  

This land-based research lab in the University of Guelph Arboretum will bring together community-engaged Indigenous scholars to explore questions of relationship in an interdisciplinary research environment. The construction of a sustainable Indigenous land-based research lab on campus in close relationship to the land will be one of the first of its kind and embodies the values that ground the research carried out within. 

Strength in Relations: Generating Possibilities for Indigenous Language Journeys 

This language revitalization project will provide opportunities for Indigenous students and community members to participate in activities that facilitate relationship-building, leadership development, and knowledge creation on the social components of Indigenous language learning. The land will be essential to the language learning, which will be held in and around Nokom’s House. 

Indigenous Mentorship Network Program

IMN-Ontario is a five-year health training program to provide Indigenous scholars and trainees with high quality mentorship, training, and opportunities to engage in Indigenous health and well-being research.The IMN hosts webinars to share knowledge, advice and best practices; networking events; opportunities for research and publications; and funding opportunities for Indigenous students. The IMN's overarching goal is to support and grow the next generation of Indigenous health scholars.

More information can be found at the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program website.

Wisahkotewinowak Garden Collective

The Wisahkotewinowak garden collective aims to grow sustainable and culturally relevant food for local urban Indigenous people in four garden spaces in Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo.  Wisahkotewinowak takes a decolonizing approach to gardening by prioritizing Indigenous ways of knowing and relationship-based practices around land, food, and medicine. Most food options in urban settings are colonized systems based on colonial ideas of what should be consumed. Wisahkotewinowak provides an alternative, giving urban Indigenous people an opportunity to revitalize foods that have been colonized or lost. Having an urban garden is a key aspect as well, as it continues to challenge the Indigenous erasure we typically see in cities while helping people connect with the land. To learn more about the gardens, you can subscribe to our newsletter or browse the Wisahkotewinowak website

Cluster Leader:

Kim Anderson

Photo credits:

The beautiful images on this page are credited to the following talented folks:

Injichaag: My Soul in Story - University of Manitoba Press
Nokom's House rendering - Amina Lalor
Webinar photo - Tenille Campbell/Sweetmoon photography


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