Food. Community. Unity.

Wisahkotewinowak Gardens grow sustainable, culturally relevant food for the urban Indigenous population of the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo regions, as well as host ceremonies, workshops, plant walks and summer camps to grow and strengthen the community. We practice traditional agriculture methods at all our garden locations, including traditional planting and harvesting ceremonies.

Our Mission

To empower and strengthen Indigenous communities through traditional land-based education, food sovereignty, and solidarity networks. 

Our Vision

By bringing diverse groups together to learn from each-other about social justice issues, both local and international, Wisahkotewinowak hopes to create harmonious spaces of renewed relationships. 

Our Values

Wisahkotewinowak values strong interconnected relationships built on reciprocity, honesty, humility and respect. We carry this relationship with all plants, animals, people and land. 

Wisahkotewinowak is an Ojibway word that means “the growth of new shoots from Mother Earth where a fire has come through”.

Our Focus

Land-Based Education

Wisahkotewinowak focuses on holistic practices of knowing the land and how it cares for us. We facilitate workshops, wild walks, summer camps, and educational gardens to connect us with the land we call home.    

Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty, as defined by the Declaration of Atitlan, is the right of Peoples to define their own policies and strategies for sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of food, with respect for their own cultural systems. 

Wisahkotewinowak’s aims to focus on urban Indigenous food sovereignty. We are involved with several other Indigenous organizations, and together we are creating strategies and making policies for culturally relevant production, distribution and consumption practices. 

Solidarity

Solidarity is rooted in relationship. It means caring for one-another, respecting our similarities as well as our differences, and committing to take actions which create space for each other.     

Wisahkotewinowak focuses on solidarity that extends past human relationship. We foster connections between diverse groups of people committed to being in solidarity with each other, our land, and all those we share our land with. We host gardening workbees, harvest workshops, community events in order to create solidarity networks and learn from each other.