Georgian Bay Biosphere

Anishinaabek Youth

Anishinaabek Youth

GBAY Youth Advisory and staff team, August 2020 @ Killbear Provincial Park.
Photo Credits: Kayla Martin

The Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY) is an Indigenous youth-led grassroots initiative in partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere. We are a community-based organization that works with partners to support Indigenous youth ages 13 to 29 throughout the rivers and eastern shore of Mnidoo Gamii (Georgian Bay).

GBAY is located in Parry Sound, Ontario within the Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory of 1850 and the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Biosphere (2004). 
Anishinaabe ininemowin (thought/philosophy) is the foundation of GBAY. Our projects and programming are rooted in Anishinaabe aadziwin (cultural land-based learning). Through mentorship and capacity building, our goal is to create safe spaces for Indigenous youth to build strong community and cultural connections.

The multitude of projects, programming, and partnerships of the initiative are examples of Indigenous innovation. In an era of reconciliation, it is necessary for Indigenous youth to see their realities as protectors and stewards of the land, reflected throughout Mnidoo-Gamii. It is a human right for Anishinaabek youth to be Anishinaabe.

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Our first project as GBAY was building Oshkinigig, our wiigwaas jiimaan (birch bark canoe) in October of 2019. With community support and guided by the expertise of the jiimaanke (canoe building) team, Oshkinigig was built in 19 intensive and beautiful days. Oshkinigig is the name of our jiimaan which loosely translates to “The New Ones.”

Click here to learn more about the Wiigwaas Jiimaan


Shkode as Land Management blog post by Gracie Crafts, GBAY Youth Advisory member. Her Anishinaabe name is Niizhogiiziskwe, meaning “two suns women”. She is an Anishinaabekwe from Wasauksing First Nation, of the Martin clan. She is also Jewish and of mixed European descent. She identifies as Two-Spirit and is a Fire Keeper at Trent University where she is studying Indigenous Environmental Science (B.Sc).

Online Anishinaabemowin videos – #MowinMonday

We’re hiring!

Join our team! In partnership, the Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY) and the Georgian Bay Biosphere (GBB) are seeking applicants for the position of the Anishinaabek Youth Intern (AYI). The AYI will be primarily responsible for developing and delivering Indigenous environmental education programs and public outreach pertaining to the Georgian Bay Biosphere, to a variety of audience.

Deadline to apply is November 27th, 2020 @ 5pm.

Wiigwaas Jiimaan ceremony, October 25th, 2019
Left to right: Taylor Judge, Dawson Bloor, Kyla Judge, Gracie Crafts

Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth Advisory Circle

The GBAY’s volunteer Youth Advisory Circle (YAC) is comprised of 8 Indigenous youth members, between the ages of 13 -29. Members of the YAC actively support decision making roles and responsibilities, as well as the delivery of programming. Including, but not limited to, the caretaking of Oshkinigig.

How We Operate

The Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth is a non-profit Indigenous youth-led grassroots initiative. Our project is proudly supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund, Indigenous Services Canada’s Urban Programming for Indigenous People, Laidlaw Foundation’s Indigenous Youth and Community Futures Fund. Donations can be made to GBAY through the Georgian Bay Biosphere, a registered charity. Miigwech!

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