This story is in partnership with Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
In 2019, more than 200 people gathered to create a birch bark canoe in Parry Sound, Ontario. Overseen by Kyla Judge — Indigenous Youth Coordinator at Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) and Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY) — the birch-bark canoe was created by Indigenous youth, and named Oshkinigig, loosely translating to ‘The New Ones’.
Founded in 2018, GBAY is an Indigenous youth-led initiative. Through intentional experimentation with its grassroots programs, the organization creates safe spaces for Indigenous youth to build strong community and cultural connections, and to see themselves as stewards and protectors of the land.
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