Mission and vision
Mission and vision
A project carried by Minwashin
Minwashin is a non-profit Anicinabe cultural organisation that supports, develops and celebrates Anicinabe culture in a holistic way, particularly through the promotion of its art, language and heritage. For more information, visit minwashin.org.
Minwashin started the Nipakanatik project with the aim of collecting as much anicinabe heritage elements as possible and thus documenting the history of the Nation, preserving the archives and sharing them in an ethical manner. Because the Nipakanatik virtual library allows the Anicinabek to have access to a wealth of relevant information on cultural identity, it participates in the dissemination of anicinabe culture and the self-assertion of the Nation's members. Nipakanatik is culturally appropriate for research related to the Anicinabek.
This anicinabe word refers to the structure of a wigwam, which is the set of poles that are first assembled before the canvas is stretched over them. This is the basis of what was used as a shelter for sleeping, telling stories and passing on anicinabe knowledge. For Minwashin, the Nipakanatik project is also an important foundation as it somehow shelters a portion of the culture in order to protect it, listen to it, learn from it and pass on the teachings. Like the wigwam of the past, this virtual library allows the Anicinabek to preserve and transmit an important cultural heritage and to be able to consult it at any time, from a telephone or a computer.
We believe that big changes start with small actions
Nipakanatik was conceived to make the Nation's archives accessible to the Anicinabek of all communities. In this way, we enable the Anicinabek to become responsible for the archives about themselves and to rewrite history by considering the contexts and biased views that have been conveyed in the archives. This is our way of participating in the Anicinabek's self-determination and for this reason we want to ensure that the research done on the Nipakanatik site is approved by the knowledge keepers and respects these conditions.
The Nipakanatik collections are classified into six themes
Just as the structure of a wigwam is made up of different poles covered by a canvas, the themes proposed in Nipakanatik are the essential elements of anicinabe culture; they are the pillars on which the canvas can be laid. It protects the anicinabe identity. The last pillar, spirituality, represents the canvas that is laid over the poles of the wigwam to link them together and form a whole. Each of these themes constitutes an aspect that should be better known and better transmitted to future generations for a better self-determination of the Anicinabe Nation. A collection of heritage objects and archives has been created for each theme, so that each one is well documented.