Opaskwayak Identity: Connecting youth with local knowledge through land-based practices

In partnership with Opaskwayak Culture & Healthy Living Initiatives

To address the alarmingly high rate of diabetes on the Reserve, OCHLI community initiatives address connections between colonization and health by learning about traditional land-based knowledge, practices and lifeways from local Elders, and sharing what we’ve learned with OCN members. 

In the Opaskwaya Identity project, Indigenous youth will gather knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them to take responsibility for and control of their health and well-being. Drawing on local Elders’ land-based knowledge and practices, youth will learn to identify, harvest, and prepare traditional foods and medicines and foods grown in our community garden.

Project in progress