Bimaaji’idiwin Sustainable Community Project – Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) USDA Grant

Programming is centered around the concept of harvest, incorporating cultural values and traditions, food sovereignty, and seasonal activities. With an emphasis on empowering youth resiliency and teen leadership through three themes:

  • Food Sovereignty
  • Passing of Knowledge
  • Leadership through connection with culture

 

USDA APHIS: Agricultural and Natural Resources Knowledge Emersion Camp

The APHIS summer camp program builds career pathways in agriculture and natural resources for our youth. The series of two camps focuses on how these subjects connect to Ojibwe culture and heritage.
The fundamentals of the camp incorporate scientific training in understanding the relationship of plants to the soil, air, water, and other organisms, with immersion in the fields of biology and environmental science.

Climate Strong! – Building Tribal Youth Leadership for Climate Resiliency

Climate Strong! is an immersion camp for grades 5-12 to gain awareness of how climate change impacts cultural and community systems. The youth will gain leadership skills by engaging with climate change models and gain experience contributing to community resiliency strategies.
Our outcomes are focused on:

  • Providing outreach to community members; highlighting community resiliency issues facing our region
  • Sharing project results with partners
  • Increasing community resiliency through adaptation of culturally relevant stewardship strategies that reduce climate change impacts on natural resources that support cultural practices
  • Expanding the number of community-based climate resiliency projects that reduce extreme weather impacts

Partners
  • American Indian Community Housing Organization
    (AICHO)
  • Carlton Indian Education
  • FDL Gitigaaning Farm.
  • University of Wisconsin Extension
  • Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)
  • Carlton School District
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
  • Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • 1854 Treaty Authority
  • Fond du Lac Resource Management
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities & Duluth
  • State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Staff

Ronald Willis

Ronald Willis is the new Youth Education Outreach Coordinator at the Environmental Institute. He is an enrolled member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. For the past 7 years, Ronald has been involved with the Gidakiimanaaniwigamig (Gida) Camp as a college mentor, teacher, and now coordinator. He is a proud graduate of FDLTCC and University of Minnesota – Duluth where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuary Science and Statistics, and double majored in Mathematics. Ronald has a strong passion for learning, sports, and the natural world, and he enjoys sharing his passions with Indigenous youth.

Testimonials

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.