Let’s All Live Well

Mino-Bimaadizidaa provides an understanding and awareness of how self-identity (self -concept, self-image and self-esteem) influence our life choices. The program provides life skills, cultural awareness and alternative ways to live a healthy lifestyle as well as to cope and adapt with life stressors.

“My perspective on life has changed. Before this course I had nothing to do and felt like I couldn’t move forward.”

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Program Goals

  • Enhance and develop self-identity and problem solving behaviors
  • Increase communication skills
  • Develop confidence to dream and state goals
  • Develop new attitudes about their self-worth and self-concept
  • Express strengths and needs
  • Open doors to new opportunities

“This program got me completely outta my depression and self-hating attitude!”


Program Outline 

Mino-Bimaadizidaa consists of four cycles of personal development, each cycle addresses a key question.

CYCLE 1 – WHO AM I? – Awakening The Spirit
  • Seven Grandfather Teachings (8wks)
  • Who Am I (10wks)
    • Cultural Awareness, Self-Development, Self-Esteem and Money (Zhooniyaa) Basics.
  • Self-Care (12wks)
    • Community Tellers, Presentation of Self, Spirit of Parenting, Financial Management and Healthy Eating.
CYCLE 2 – WHERE DID I COME FROM? – Healing The Spirit
  • Anishnaabemowin (Native Language) & Anishnawbe History (10wks)
    • Language, Pre-contact, consequences of the contact and post contact consequences.
  • Anishnaabemowin (Native Language) & Understanding Personal Issues (10wks)
    • Language, Grief, Emotional Management and “From Chaos to Harmony”.
  • Anishnaabemowin (Native Language) & Addressing Addictions (10wks)
    • Language and the Healing Spirit I Am.
CYCLE 3 – WHERE AM I GOING? – Carrying The Spirit Forward
  • Education and Work Placement
  • Education, Work Experience and Job Maintenance Skills
  • Education, Work Experiences and Job Search Skills
CYCLE 4 – HOW DO I GET THERE? – Freeing The Spirit
  • Follow up with endless opportunities:
    • Treatment Program
    • Upgrading, Secondary and Post-Secondary Education
    • Job Skills Training
    • Employment or Self Employment

Program Inquiries

Mino-Bimaadizidaa has been running within the North Shore First Nations communities since 2011 and has shown an 80% success rate!

For information on how you can run the Mino-Bimaadizidaa program in your Community, please contact:

Violet Boissoneau – Opportunities Development Officer at 705-844-2340 or violet@niigaaniin.com

For information on the Mino-Bimaadizidaa Program within our North Shore First Nation Communities, please contact: 

Michelle Seanor at 705-923-3668 or mseanor@niigaaniin.com, servicing Wahnapitae First Nation, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek & Sagamok Anishnawbek.

Kerri Commanda at 705-923-3655 or  kerri@niigaaniin.com, servicing Serpent River, Mississauga & Tesselon First Nations.

Dorothy Coad at 705-989-4665 or dorothy@niigaaniin.com, servicing Garden River & Batchewana First Nations.

Online Enrollment

Mino-Bimaadizidaa is now available online and you can begin access within 24-48 hours of completing the online registration process.

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