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Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Center, by Cassidy Decontie-Twenish, Secondary 3, Maniwaki Woodland High School, Maniwaki

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Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Center, by Cassidy Decontie-Twenish

Category: cultural heritage

My name is Cassidy Decontie-Twenish and I am a member of Kitigan Zibi First Nations. I have chosen to present a picture of our Cultural Center on an early foggy morning located in Kitigan Zibi.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation reserve was established in 1851 by our first Ogima (Chief), Antoine Paginawatik (which means "tree split by lightning”). The Cultural Center has been created to honour, recognize and continue to teach the lifestyles of our ancient traditions.

Therefore, this photo constitutes ‘Cultural Heritage’ because it shows things such as what our ancestors wore and how they lived. The Cultural Center contains our past and present. I believe everyone should have the knowledge of their past. This will allow us to succeed in our present and future lives. The Cultural Center allows us as First Nations people to achieve this goal.

Cassidy Decontie-Twenish, Secondary 3, Maniwaki Woodland High School, 2012.