M’CHIGEENG FIRST NATION – Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute recognized 55 Anishinabek Identity, Mind and Spirit (AIMS) program graduates and participants on October 24, 2014.
“Our ways are just as valid and important. The distinguishing feature of the AIMS program was that you would get to learn about our Anishinabek culture from our own teachers, our own Elders, our own resource people and our own knowledge keepers,” explained Stephanie Roy, KTEI Executive Director.
Elder Josh Eshkawkogan, KTEI Elder in Residence and graduation Master of Ceremonies, welcomed all in attendance followed by an opening prayer was by Elder Alma Jean Migwans and the reciting of the UCCMM preamble by the Mnidoo Mnising Anishinabek Kinoomaage-gamig(MMAK) students Elder Eshkawkogan played a vital role in the program, “I was very fortunate to be a big part of the student’s lives while they were with us,” Elder Eshkawkogan explained how he enjoyed supporting the students in finding their identity while gaining life skills. “The door was always open to catch up, that was the unique part of AIMS.”