Reawakening of Algonquin Cultural Traditions
The purpose of Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin is to promote the restoration of Algonquin cultural traditions.
The name of the organization comes from the Algonquin language:
- ‘Omàmiwininì’ [oh MAM ee win IN ay] is the Algonquin word for our people.
- ‘Pimàdjwowin’ [pi MAWJ woe win] means the way that we used to do things,
or our way of life.
Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin was established in 2002 through consultation with the Algonquin First Nation’s membership and through an agreement with the Council of the Algonquins of PikwÓkanagÓn. It is both a not-for-profit corporation and a registered charity, and is governed by an elected Board that is based on the Anishinabe clan system.
The mission of Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin is to revitalize, reintegrate, enhance and protect the cultural traditions, customs, practices, heritage, language, and arts of the Algonquin Nation.
In 2007, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin commenced management of the Manido Chiman Museum Collection located at the PikwÓkanagÓn First Nations Reserve and has subsequently transformed it into The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre. Along with the museum, the Cultural Centre has an art gallery/gift shop, a reference library, a meeting room/classroom, a temporary artifact repository, and head office.
Aimee Bailey is the Executive Director of the Cultural Centre. Along with her small staff, she is in the process of creating a Virtual Cultural Centre at www.thealgonquinway.ca that will tell the true story of the Algonquin people of the Ottawa Valley. An early preview of their work can be seen at: http://www.thealgonquinway.ca/Pikwakanagan/index-e.php.
“I am very happy to be working on the restoration of our culture. This has been a personal mission of mine, and now that I am involved with an organization that wants to do the same thing, I feel excited. This is not just a project; this is a movement happening throughout indigenous communities worldwide. I want to welcome you to this group because each of you is an important part of this renewal process. We can keep our culture alive with people taking part in its rebirth.”
Aimee Bailey, Executive Director
(photograph care of Fred Cattroll, Anishinabeg from Ottawa)
Those interested in communicating with Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin
can do so at:
The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre
1674 Mishomis Inamo, Pikwàkanagàn
Golden Lake, ON K0J 1X0
Fax 625-1964 1-888-625-1964
Further information can be found at: www.thealgonquinway.ca.