Edge of the Bush

Edge of the Bush is a social enterprise whose mission it is to invite all Peoples/Nations to come back into respectful relationships with each other, Mother Earth, and Father Sky so that the generations to come grow up knowing their Sacred Place in relationship to the Creation.

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 worldviews.

All of our work follows the old Ojibwe protocol of Asemaa Nitam (Sacred Tobacco First) and is under the direction of Dr. Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavallée and her Niiyawe’enh (Namesake), Dr. Hopi Lovell Martin, Oshkaabewis (Sacred Helper, Messenger, Fire Keeper, Lodge Caretaker).

Edge of the Bush partners with First Nations, non-profits, charities, childcare agencies, school boards, colleges, universities, and businesses to promote Indigenous-led, land-based learning.

Renewing these Ceremonies at the ‘edge of the bush’ of Beaver House First Nation near Kirkland Lake