"Water Is Life" art print with illustrated fish in a forest.
Courtesy of Onaman Collective

Onaman Collective

Cutler, ON, Canada

Formed in 2014 by Indigenous artists and environmentalists, Onaman Collective is an Indigenous, grassroots land-based art initiative promoting and sharing traditional knowledge and language. “With everything we do, the underlying theme is always respect for the land and reclamation of the ways of our ancestors.”

Onaman Collective helps Indigenous communities, particularly youth, in reclaiming the richness and vibrancy of their heritage. “We care so deeply about the youth and the future of our communities, and each of us in our own way has been using our art for social change. We formed the collective for the express purpose of finding ways to converge land-based art creation with traditional knowledge, youth, Elders, and Anishnaabemowin and Cree languages.”

Nimkii Aazhibikong is Onaman Collective’s year-round Ojibway art, culture, and language revitalization camp.