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Nookaa Odeh Enaandwetood Odehwinan

Tender Heart Healer of Hearts

Aanii/Nanaboozhoo,

Nookaa Odeh Enaandwetood Odehwinan ndizhnikaas, Makwa dodem niinda’aw, N’Swakamok n’doonjibaa.

Tender Heart Healer of Hearts is what I am called, Bear is the clan I belong to, and where the three roads meet is my community.

 

Tender Heart Healer of HeartsYou may have seen me around the Laurentian community over the Tender Heart Healer of Hearts on a rocklast 6 months with Cynthia Belfitt who is my keeper.  I am a Reconcilliation Ambearrister who is from the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and a family member to Spirit Bear.  The School of Indigenous Relations has agreed to be my host for the next two years.  My purpose is to make a difference for First Nations children and families and to promote the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.  I must also work alongside the Elders to learn and help promote the Anishinaabemowin language, teachings, and stories.

On March 9, 2020, I was gifted the name Nookaa Odeh Enaandwetwood Odehwinan by Elder Hilda Nadjiwan-ba.  I also got to wear my new outfit that was created by Joey-Lynn Wabie.  It was a beautiful ceremony with many guests, followed by a feast. 

Since my time at Laurentian, I have attended a few Anishinaabemowin classes, attended classes with the students, gone snowshoeing, attended ISA's Red Dress Campaign, visited Shawanaga First Nation, visited with students, created my own twitter page (@NookaaO), sat in on drumming sessions, visited with the Knowledge Keepers, attended meetings, as well as other activities and presentations.

 

I am truly grateful for the welcome and the love that I have felt since my arrival. I look forward to being a Reconciliation Ambearrister at Laurentian University.