Culture

THE ODAWA and AMIKWA Nations

South West of Killarney, in Wikwemikong is the ancestral home of the Odawa on what is known as Odawa Mnis or “Manitoulin Island”. In 1968, an amalgamation took place between the Manitoulin Island Indian Reserve, South Bay West Band and Point Grondine Band to form what is now the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Point Grondine was used seasonally for harvesting berries, wild rice and game but also had a permanent settlement along the Beaverstone River. Logging camps at Collins Inlet were a primary source of employment for families living at the Beaverstone village. Upon closing of the mills in the early 1900’s, families had vacated the territory and moved to Wikwemikong and other neighbouring communities. Wikwemikong citizens still utilize the land to harvest berries, rice, fish and wild game. As you begin your trek through the coast trail you will travel the traditional routes of the Odawa and Amikwa Nations of Manitoulin and the French River. The abundance of fish species, game, berries and wild rice attracted our people to the Point Grondine and Collins Inlet area. Located at the eastern entrance of Collins Inlet, the Beaverstone Bay is sheltered with wild rice beds, cranberries and was the major east-west canoe travel route, in ancient times as well as during the fur-trade era. The Mahzenahzing, Beaverstone and Chikanishing rivers allowed passage into the interior lakes and wetlands where beaver and moose were plentiful. It is believed that Samuel De Champlain met with a large band of Odawa what he described as “Cheveux-Releves” or “high hairs” at the southern shores of Point Grondine in 1615.

 

Authentic Indigenous Experiences

 

OUR STORY. THROUGH OUR LENS.

Wikwemikong Tourism offers an array of Authentic Aboriginal Experiences that reflect the cultural lifestyles and traditions of the Anishnaabek people of the Three Fires Confederacy. We welcome you to indulge into our rich culture and history through our nature based and cultural tourism experiences. Custom group tours and itineraries can be developed to meet your learning needs. Contact Wikwemikong Tourism to learn more about our Authentic Aboriginal Experiences. 

Contact Wikwemikong Tourism at 705-859-3477

 

Dewagan - Drum and Song in Point Grondine

This intimate experience teaches you about Anishnaabek songs and drum teachings. It includes an exhilarating hand drum performance, and an opportunity to participate! Beat the drum and learn the different styles of songs that can be heard throughout Turtle Island (North America).

Cost $45.00 Adults / $40.00 Elders/Students

Must present a valid student card

Duration: 2hrs

Available: Scheduled Dates/Postings

Minimum (6) - Maximum (10) - 48hrs advance booking

Making Footprints in Point Grondine Park

This educational tour focuses on the Anishnaabek use of plants, their edibility and medicinal purposes. Our knowledgeable guides have absorbed the ways of our people, they will connect you with nature by showing you the traditional uses, and sciences behind the teachings. Our guides teach the real, proven and definite side of plant based medicine not the mystical.

Cost $50.00 Adults / $45.00 Elders/Students

Must present a valid student card

Duration: 4hrs

Available: Scheduled Dates/Postings

Minimum (6) - Maximum (10) - 48hrs advance booking

  

Authentic Indigenous Campsite

Camp out in an authentic Anishnaabek (Odawa) lodge and experience how people lived since time immemorial. The campsite includes a fire pit, split wood seating, clearing for a tent, and canoe with paddles including life-jackets. Experiential packages will be available upon request. Experiential packages include the Dewegan - Drum and Song experience and Making Footprints tour in Point Grondine Park.

Alcohol Prohibited 

Cost $70.00 per night

Max 6 People

Available: June to October

 

 

Contact Wikwemikong Tourism at 705-859-3477 to Book Experiences