Neejawnisag - 150 years through the eyes of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation

Jul. 11, 2017

In light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we must remember and honour the significant contributions of Indigenous communities who have helped shape our Canada today. Often, these contributions are overlooked. The Neejawnisag project, a storyboard installation created using mixed media and historical facts, aims to change that. This project inspires a deeper understanding of the transformations of our community over the past 150 years, through the eyes of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.

Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN), just southwest of London, Ontario, has played a significant role in the development of Canada from alliances in war, to treaty making, and contributions to local Canadian culture.

Modern day London, Ontario would not be in existence if it weren’t for the Treaty of 1796 signed by the Chippewa chiefs with the British Crown,” says Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon, Violence Prevention Coordinator, COTTFN.

London Community Foundation is proud to support Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in their community initiatives through the Fund for Canada’s 150th. The Neejawnisag project strives to bring recognition and education to our community about the contributions of Chippewa of the Thames First Nations to our nation as a whole. Grade 4 and 5 students will help to create the installation by sharing stories of strengths as a people in ways that celebrate nationhood, community and sustainable developmental goals. This project is a learning opportunity, not only for Canadians but for the children of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, allowing them to learn about and take pride in their culture, heritage and history.

The storyboard installation, showcasing the past 150 years through the eyes of First Nations peoples, will provide Canadians with a unique lens into a crucial part of Canadian history. It provides children and community members the opportunity to share the strength and beauty within the rich Ojibwe culture, language, and customs within Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.