Edge of the Bush is an Anishinaabe and European settler owned and operated social enterprise that invites all Nations/Peoples to (re)establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships between each other, Doodoom Aki (Mother Earth), and Dede Giizhig (Father Sky). In the Spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, Edge of the Bush works with both Indigenous communities/organizations and settler institutions to promote and protect Traditional Indigenous Knowledges key to being Aki Wiidookaagewin (Mother Earth Helpers) in early childhood education and youth-focused, land-based initiatives.
Our approach renews old-time protocols from around the Great Lakes of coming to the ‘edge of the bush’ between Anishinaabe Sacred Territory and the cleared lands of the surrounding nations, lighting a small fire, and waiting to see who comes to that natural meeting place between worlds.
All of our work follows the old way of Asemaa Nitam (Sacred Tobacco First), that first teaching from our First Teacher, Nanaboozhoo, of giving Asemaa (Sacred Tobacco) before taking anything from Doodoom Aki (Mother Earth).
Guided by the Grandmothers and Traditional Teachers who were the reason that Edge of the Bush was created in 2019 and the Seasonal Pedagogy that came from Listening to Land as Teacher in Early Childhood Education (2021), Edge of the Bush partners with First Nations, non-profits, charitable foundations, public and private childcare agencies, school boards, colleges, universities, and actively volunteers to support local Indigenous communities.