Guh-nuh-when-jih-gah-zoh uh-nem-key wah-jooh (Anishinaabemowin):
They protect Thunder Mountain
Anemki Wajiw, a sacred mountain located on Fort William First Nation, is the nest of the Thunderbirds from the North. Traditionally, Anemki Wajiw was the gathering place for nations to come together to celebrate and share medicines, food, music, laughter and dancing.
Ganawenjigaazo Anemki Wajiw celebrates and protects the long-standing relationship Fort William First Nation has with Anemki Wajiw, the land that surrounds it, and the nations that share stories and memories of Anemki Wajiw. We seek to support community-led grassroots organizing that refuses the colonial narrative as the only narrative while re-establishing and/or strengthening our traditional sustenance practices on the land.
Ganawenjigaazo Anemki Wajiw is born from the Sugar Bush Family’s initiative that draws community members of all ages into the Sugar Bush where they revitalize their relationship with the maple trees located on Anemki Wajiw. For centuries, Fort William First Nation tapped the trees to drink the sweet sap and to transform it into maple syrup, granulated sugar, and maple candies.
Ganawenjigaazo Anemki Wajiw launched with the support of the Sugar Bush Family while also supporting Sugar Bush Family initiatives. Together, Ganawenjigaazo Anemki Wajiw and the Sugar Bush Family worked together to draw more people into the sugar bush with a heavy focus on 2SLGBTQQIAAP+, gender non-conforming, and non-binary folx who are often ignored, silenced, and excluded from so-called traditional practices.