Oneida Nation, Turtle Clan, and member of the Six Nations community. Rick is a retired Iron Worker and has also served in the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He helped support ROSP by maintaining, directing, and educating our youth on farming & sharing his own experiences in agriculture. Rick is also a second generation farmer and grew-up farming! Re-learning and getting back to the land is very important to him. Rick was generous to lend Revitalizing Our Sustenance Project parcels of land for hosting workshops and farming. Nya:weh Rick!
Sgahendade (Justin) Martin
Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan, from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Justin was a huge part of maintaining the garden over the course of summer 2021. Justin is currently finishing his education at Conestoga College and hopes to one day become a Fire Fighter! Thanks to Canadian Roots Exchange grants; Revitalizing Our Sustenance Project was able to hire Justin over summer 2021! Nya:weh Justin for your hard work, dedication, and love of taking care of our seeds & plants! You helped them thrive!
Born and raised in Six Nations of the Grand River. In 2017, graduated from Six Nations Polytechnic with a certificate in Indigenous Visual Arts but soon learned that my passions were in the digital media world. The next four years were dedicated to completing my Bachelors Degree in Digital Communications from Humber College. Jheri also completed her Internship as the Social Media Marketing Intern at Six Nations Tourism. During the internship began gaining clients for photography and learned that this was something that she enjoyed very much. As of July 2021, completed a whole year as a small business owner and photographed over one hundred and fifty sessions including Indigenous people from Six Nations as well as non-indigenous people from the surrounding area. Jheri has taken time throughout summer 2021 to photograph the garden, youth, and ROSP team. We admire & appreciate the work she has dedicated to the Six Nations community and has been a great asset to the development of ROSP! Follow her business on Facebook & Instagram @jjamiesoncreative
Stefan is a botanist who specializes in seed conservation and ecosystem restoration, working with the Carolinian Canada Coalition and the Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance. Stefan earned an MSc in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Restoration Ecology at McMaster University. He has previously worked with the Toronto Botanical Garden, and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the St Williams Nursery, helping propagate over 300 species of native plants from seed. Stefan has helped ROSP by facilitating workshops for our youth, plant knowledge & identification, invasive specie removal at our gardens, and is supporting the on-going efforts for a supportive agriculture system with non-invasive plants. Stefan has been a huge help with the development/future of ROSP and is part of our food family! Nya:weh Stefan for continuing the journey with us!
Is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and has a BA in Media Production at Ryerson University. She is the Founder and Director of Little Brown Bear Media. A media production company looking to tell Indigenous stories, while working with other entrepreneurs and small business owners. Connor created our very first video which is found on the website! We thank Connor for her work & efforts in support of ROSP! Follow her Instagram @littlebrownbearmedia
Seneca Nation Turtle Clan of the Hodinohsyo:ni and resides in Six Nations of the Grand River. Her post-secondary education in Indigenous Language Revitalization (UVIC), Native Social Worker (F.N.T.I/St. Lawrence), and Ogwehoweh Language Diploma (MAC). Amy's parents and other knowledge carriers have shown her the different means of connections we hold to the natural world, and how important it is to maintain these connections through traditional practices. Amy helped facilitate workshops over summer 2021 and volunteered time throughout the season in maintaining the garden with her family. Amy helps to educate & share knowledge with the youth and is helping with the development of ROSP. Her hope is to pass along what she has learned from elders to the younger ones who will carry it forward!
Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan, born in Niagara Falls, NY and grew-up on the Tuscarora Reservation near Sanborn, NY. Kari moved back to Six Nations in her early 20's to raise her four girls and start a new life. She founded the Six Nations Girls Field Lacrosse Association and was part of the first Iroquois Nationals women's team. Kari also was one of the founding members of the Haudenosaunee Nationals which is now known as the Iroquois Nationals. She also gained her Aboriginal Teachers certification at Brock University and currently teaches at Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Private School. We thank Kari for contributing her time throughout the season of 2020 & 2021, cooking meals for our guests, gardening, and helping out with workshops!
Honihkwiyoh (Nathan) Martin
Bear Clan, Mohawk Nation, from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Kwiyo is an alumni of Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Private School, a language & culture immersion school located on Six Nations. He's enrolled in the Plumbing Technician Diploma at Sheridan College and hopes to one day own & operate his own plumbing business on Six Nations. Kwiyo, Nathan Martin, helped throughout summer 2021 in maintaining the garden and shared the cultural importance of our Haudenosaunee food systems through our workshops. Thanks to Canadian Roots Exchange grants - we were able to pay Nathan for his time spent in the garden!
Shé:kon! My name is Sonia Hill and I am Mohawk from Six Nations and Lebanese. My pronouns are they/them. I am a Masters candidate at McMaster University in Sociology where I co-chair the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group with CUPE3906. I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario which is where my work is centered currently, working with urban Indigenous/displaced Onkwehonwe as coordinator of Kahnekanoron and director of the Indigenous Sustenance Reclamation Network (ISRN). Kahnekanoron is a peer support program centred around reclaiming traditional sustenance (food and medicine) practices and teachings in the city! In the past, ROSP has hosted Kahnekanoron kin for harvesting and processing of foods grown in the garden. We are excited to work together again for future sessions co-hosted by ROSP and Kahnekanoron. As director of ISRN, I work to support ROSP by seeking out grants to share amongst programs relating to the Indigenous Sustenance Reclamation Network, including ROSP. When I’m not at school or working I like to longboard, write poetry, work with plants, and be with the communities that hold me close and accountable.
Revitalizing our Sustenance Project
Located in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Located in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory