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Every year, around the time of the Summer Solstice, ONWA launches our on-site (Thunder Bay) Community Garden. Which includes planting our seedlings and produce, and a family BBQ.

The Indigenous people of Ontario were experts of the land in their area and were capable of agriculture in areas that was not ideal for growth. Agriculture of the land creates a connection to Mother Earth (the land) and can be said to have a spiritual connection.

In 2013, ONWA launched a community garden, which was gifted with the name Omaanake gaggii-dazhii maamaw ombigiyang (meaning A place we grow together), at our Thunder Bay Satellite Office. The gardens have helped educate our clients and community with traditional agricultural teachings and has been instrumental to the services and we programs offer.

The clients, community and ONWA staff share the duties to learn about gardening benefit from the fresh produce, and enjoy a sense of community as we “grow together.”


2017 Launch & BBQ

We invite you to attend a FREE BBQ Lunch on Friday, June 9th, 2017 to learn more about the garden and to participate in the planting of the seedlings. Come and learn how to plant a garden, benefit from the fresh produce, and enjoy a sense of community as we “grow together.”

Everyone is welcome!

Lunch will be served following the opening ceremony and planting of the garden.



Friday, June 9th, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.



ONWA, 380 Ray Blvd., Thunder Bay


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For more information:

Tanya Gignac

Tel: (807) 623-3442   |   Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816




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Head Office: 150 City Road P.O. Box 15-684, City Road, Fort William First Nation, ON, P7J 1J7
Phone: (807) 577-1492 - Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816 - Fax: (807) 623-1104
Satellite Office: 380 Ray Blvd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6 - Phone: (807) 623-3442