Bii san go biishan endaaing
Bii san go biishan endaaing – Welcome to our home. We the Anishinaabe, are the people of the north shore of Chigaam. We have known this land and water, which is now called Pukaskwa National Park and Lake Superior, for generations.
– Collette Goodchild, elder of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
Although traditions may differ throughout Anishinaabe Nation, there is a common thread that runs through them all. This common thread represents a kinship, and a string of lives that go back to the Original Man. Today, we use kinship to give us the strength necessary to keep our traditions alive. Through respect and honour we support each other on our journey of Mino Bimaadiziwin, the good life.
Parks Canada invites you to discover the vibrant culture, rich history, and spiritual teachings of the Anishinaabe people by connecting with fire, water, and land at Pukaskwa National Park.
Gii abinoogwian, gii onishin, kin gegoon
Gii binadad, gaye miigaainedaman
Gichigamii gii iyaayan
Niinigok ogii kendaa na waa, apii
Ja mino bibamakiiwad
Anishinaabe akiig, miigaonji bimaadziyang
Mii, omaa, endaayang.
I remember as a child how beautiful, strong and refreshing it was, the feeling of being beside the lake. My family knew how to travel the land in any season and how to read the weather to have a safe journey. For the Anishinaabe, the land is where we grew up, where we experienced a sense of belonging – it was our home. Pukaskwa is still a home to us.
- Collette Goodchild, elder of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg