6 Foot Square Project


Debajehmujig is excited to be able to invite you to participate in The 6’ Project, a project that is meant to daylight, celebrate and bring together the many diverse relationships that Islanders have with this land that we share. So if you’re a farmer, fisher, painter, writer, teacher, mechanic; if you’re in Wiky, Gore Bay, Sheshegwaning, all the way out to Meldrum Bay, in town or out in the bush; if you’re 83, 42 or 7; if you’re a man, woman, youth or child who loves this land, Manitoulin Island, please share this love. Take part in The 6’Project!

Here are your instructions for love – I mean – participation:

1. Choose a 6’x6’ piece of land that you have regular access to, permission to be on, and a personal connection to.

2. REGISTER yourself and your location with project co-ordinator Elisha Sidlar (she doesn’t bite). She can be reached by phone at 859-1171 or at the6footproject@hotmail.com or through Facebook (Elisha Sidlar) – and join the group The 6 Foot Project; Conversations with the Land. Registration is important as all participants will be shown in a community exhibition and festival taking place NOVEMBER 5, 6, 7 of this year.

3. Make art there. It should be something that reflects your relationship to this land. Document it. You could … create a sculpture and document it, record the audio of that place (which is documenting it), take pictures of that place (also documented), write letters to that space (the letters would act as documentation) sit there every day and write a story (documentation), paint a particular flower’s life cycle (painting=documentation), erect some sort of shelter, be it tipi, mudhouse or sugarshack and live there, but just make sure you document it with like, a video camera or something.

4. Did I mention you need to document it? Documentation may take the form, but is not limited to, photos, video recording, audio recording, drawings, writings, songs and any other way you can think of. The actual pieces will take place out on the land. We need the documentation to be able to come together and share our experiences come festival time. Don’t feel limited if you don’t have some state of the art camera. Be creative.

5. All documentation must be submitted to Elisha by OCTOBER 22, 2010. Contact her for further information. All of this work will then be assembled into a community exhibition. Sa-weet! We are so jazzed by the thought of bringing together all the different ways that us Islanders relate and connect to this land. Artistically, historically, agriculturally, traditionally, reflectively, respectfully; this is an opportunity for us to come together and honour our relationships to the land and to each other, past present, and future.

6. Yay! Come to the Exhibition/Festival NOVEMBER 5, 6, 7, 2010 to be held at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre. Workshops! Music! Food! See old friends, make new ones. See everybody’s work. Talk. Laugh. Learn. Are you coming?

Please feel free to contact Elisha at 859-1171 or the6footproject@hotmail.com with any questions that may arise. One last gentle note; please show your love for the land by always treating her with respect. Have fun!




Kagawong Park Centre
Sunday March 7, 2010

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM:         POWERFLOW YOGA
A Dynamic sequence of yoga postures, challenging and energizing. This class moves at a pretty fast pace, and is best for people who have some experience.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM:         BREAK

11:40 AM – 11:55 AM:         THAI MASSAGE PART I
Brenda Zuela from Jaguar Spirit in Gore Bay will give a ‘prone’ thai massage demonstration.

12:00PM – 1:30 PM:         HATHA YOGA
A series of yoga postures designed to strengthen, tone and loosen the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress. All levels, great for anyone wanting to try a yoga class for the first time.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM:         BREAK

1:40 PM – 1:55 PM:         THAI MASSAGE PART II
Brenda Zuela from Jaguar Spirit in Gore Bay will give a ‘supine’ thai massage demonstration.

This gentle approach is used to peel away layers of tension and stress, mostly floor postures. Please bring a blanket and pillows for comfort. Followed by deep relaxation and a short meditation. All levels.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM CLOSING: questions, chat, (belly)dance, replenish etc.

Minimum of $50 in donations required to the Manitoulin Food Bank (pledge sheets are available, see contact info below) for each participant. Come for the whole day, 1 or 2 classes, or to get information on yoga, meditation, and thai massage.

Bring a yoga mat, blanket, water and wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you are staying for more than one class you might want to bring a light snack and/or energy drinks.

To prepare for this event, yoga classes are held on Monday and Wednesday nights, and Saturday mornings in Honora Bay (contact Melissa), Wednesdays in Evansville (contact Julia Winder at: julia.winder@gmail.com).

Contact Melissa Arp at: 705-368-2597 or via email at: manitoulinyoga@gmail.com, for pledge sheets and more information.


If you are unable to attend, but would like to sponsor, you can send cheques directly to the Manitoulin Family Resources: PO Box 181, Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0. Please make a note that it is for the Yoga Thon.

Manitoulin singing and baking! Feb. 5 and 6

Cider and Song
Friday, February 5 at 7:30 at the United Church in Gore Bay

Tickets at the door, $10 each or $20 family. Come and enjoy an evening of song with complimentary cider and cookies at intermission. Songs include some old time favourites like Blue Skies and My Favourite Things as well as some celtic folk songs, original songs by Director Jane Best and a Stephen Foster medley.

Baking with whole-grain flours
Saturday February 6, 9am–2pm at Café in the Woods, Honora Bay

This will be an informative and tasty learning experience, offering new ideas and some hands-on experience of baking breads using whole flours. Many people have asked about adjusting recipes using the LoonSong flour (which includes the bran and germ and has slightly different baking characteristics than commercial flours). Others have said: “I don’t bake!” Well, this is an opportunity to learn and try, and get encouragement and inspiration!!

We will have the pleasure of working with Ilsa Giselman and Maja Mielonen, two of Manitoulin’s best-loved bakers. We will go through three to four different recipes, using different flours: wheat, rye, white, and also using added seeds and goodies. We will observe and listen, and also get a try at mixing and kneading, feeling the consistencies and textures of different doughs. The various recipes will include traditional techniques of kneading, as well as alternative methods, such as using a bread-maker, and electric mixer.

While the breads rise, Paul Salanki will speak about growing organic grains here on Manitoulin, the various steps in processing and milling the flour and the nutrition of different grains and flours – there will be lots of opportunity for questions and sharing of recipes and ideas.

We will have a potluck lunch, and taste all the breads that we make that day. Breads and flours will also be available for sale. Everyone will take home some recipes, along with inspirations for winter baking and eating!!

Fee for the workshop is $20. Register with us at LoonSong at loonsong@vianet.ca. Pre-registration recommended, space is limited.

Landscape Art Explorations Workshop

Friday eve. February 12, through Saturday, February 13th
at LoonSong Garden/McLean’s Mountain.

This is the second seasonal landscape art workshop organized by 4elements Living Arts on Manitoulin: this time a winter session!!

We will explore approaches to creating artwork and “sculptures” that are from the land and go back to the land, using just what is found on-site–snow, ice, grasses, leaves, wind, light, etc….

In October, participants explored and created artworks around the environment in Sheguiandah and Rockville, and this session will take place at LoonSong and on McLean’s Mountain. Rachel Ellaway of Sudbury will facilitate, and a brainstorming about future landart workshop ideas will happen on Saturday.

Introductory discussion and slide presentation with potluck Friday evening 6-9pm, Saturday creation of works approximately 9-5, including discussions and shared lunch (times maybe adjusted depending on weather).

Lots of tea and cocoa, and space for warming up, available throughout the day!!

Sliding scale fees for this workshop $30-$60.

For full details, or to register, contact Heather at email address above, or phone 368-0460 or 368-1855.

Gathering on the hill: Ways of Connecting

On Sunday, November 15, the Resilient Manitoulin group will gather at the ski hill near Honora Bay (also known as the Café in the Woods) at 2 p.m. As in previous gatherings, we will report on progress made, lessons learned and projects under way. Everyone is welcome to take part.

The potluck this time will be at the end of the gathering, around 5 p.m. (and it’s optional). We hope to maintain the traditions of local food and zero waste, or as close to those ideals as we can get.


We take turns convening these gatherings, and that includes choosing a theme. My choice for this one is Ways of Connecting. The idea is that all our specific projects and practices are inspired by a deep sense that Everything is connected, as it was expressed in the film Fierce Light (as i’ve mentioned on this blog before). Or looking at it from the other side, most of the bad habits we see in the global consumer culture are symptoms of disconnection from the larger systems around us – either people from human communities, or humanity from the ecosystems within which we live (or both). So building resilience has a lot to do with reconnecting.

When we invest our efforts in on-the-ground ‘practical’ projects, the results don’t always turn out as wanted or expected, and this can put a strain on the very sense of connection which inspired the effort in the first place. This is natural, because working toward any specific goal requires us to focus on a partial purpose – which means losing our sense of connection with the greater whole, and forgetting how much lies beyond that limited focus. So we need some kind of ‘spiritual’ practice – i put that in quotation marks because some folks don’t like the word, but i don’t have a better one – to renew or maintain our deeper sense of connection.

I call these ways of connecting, in the plural, because there’s no one practice that works for everyone. And although it’s often hard to express these practices in words, i think we can bear witness to them, and hear the testimony of others, in ways that benefit all of us. This in turn could make a difference to the practical projects we take on, and give us a different perspective on various things going on around us as well.

That’s my basic idea, anyway, and i’ll bring some resources that might clarify it. We’ll see what happens.

Gary Fuhrman

Christmas Market in Gore Bay

Come on out and support local producers and your local economy!

Manitoulin Farmers’ Market Association

15th Annual Christmas Market in Gore Bay

Saturday, November 7th

10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Three venues this year, featuring:

Community Hall – Loonie Table and Photos with Santa

United Church – Beautiful work of local artisans

Anglican Church – The famous ACW Café
and more vendors

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsored By Community Living Manitoulin (Hope Farm)
at the Community Hall

Mnissing: The Culture of Foods

Saturday, October 17 at the Aundeck Omni Kaning Community Centre: This day offers two opportunities to learn and share in cross cultural discoveries about Manitoulin’s culinary richness integrating wild traditional foods and farm and garden delicacies.

Workshop/Demonstration from 2–4 p.m. will teach about gathering and preparing wild foods found in the summer and fall on Manitoulin and will also include a cooking demonstration with autumn harvested garden-grown foods, cooked in a fusion style integrating native and European flavors.

Fall Feast at 5 p.m. is a buffet-style dinner with several traditional native dishes made from wild-gathered plants, fish, and meats and several dishes prepared with Manitoulin’s garden vegetables. After dinner activities will include a presentation by the M’Chigeeng daycare children on Ojibway language and foods as well as traditional humorous songs about foods. Families with children are encouraged to attend the feast. Booths and displays will be open throughout the afternoon and evening.

There is no required fee for the workshops or dinner, everyone is welcome! Donations gladly accepted, to go toward future similar educational endeavors. Reservations for either workshop or dinner are recommended (to assist with the planning process) but not required. Contact LoonSong at 368-0460, or Tammy Albers at Noojmowin Teg, 368-2182.

The project is coordinated by Noojmowin-Teg Health Centre, and supported by the Manitoulin Community Food Network, Ontario AgriFood & Education, LAMBAC and FedNor. In addition to these public events in the fall, and events to come in the spring, the project will include teaching in both Manitoulin high schools about nutrition, gardening, and collecting and preparing wild foods.

Coming events: September


Your’e invited to the Equinox Celebration on Monday, September 21 at Way Out In Farm in Wikwemikong. This will include a sunrise ceremony and a potluck at 5 p.m., but you can also drop in any time during the day: Clay Trudeau and Wilma Nadjiwon, 179 Whiskey Harbour Rd., 859-2105. Bring your own lawn chairs and dishes. This is the site where they are building a large community root cellar (see the article in the Expositor of 9/9/09); main building dates are Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 if you can help out.

Also on September 21, a ‘global wake-up call’ will go out to world leaders from hundreds of local gatherings in support of real action on climate change at the Copenhagen summit in December. See the AVAAZ site for details, or to register an event.

On Saturday, September 26, the Harvest Bounty Dinner and Dance will be held at the Gore Bay Curling Club with dinner starting at 6 p.m. This annual event is organized by the Manitoulin Community Food Network and features locally-grown food prepared by local chefs (this year, Ruta Tribinavicius) followed by a dance (more details in the Expositor of 9/9/09). Tickets ($30) can be had from many of the local food growers or Maja Mielonen (377-4471).

Resilient Manitoulin Meeting and Potluck

Resilient Manitoulin Meeting and Potluck August 23rd, 2009Sunday, August 23rd, 5:30pm at the Ski Club

The theme for this month’s meeting is Zero Waste Living. We will be discussing how to move towards zero waste in the home and community. Accordingly, please strive for zero waste during food preparation and transportation of your potluck contribution as THERE WILL BE NO GARBAGE CAN AVAILABLE (there will be a compost container)! Please bring your zero waste food preparation story to share with your supper mates.

To further reduce the footprint of our meeting, our Google group (send email to: resilient-manitoulin@googlegroups.com) can be used to organize carpools and for the more dedicated, cycling, walking, running and pogo stick companions!

For more information contact Justin or Lisa (368-2193).

Please arrive early so that we may get started on time; doors open at 5:15pm.