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Living Stories and Seasonal Reflections from Gichigami


The exhibit centers on the relationships the Anishinaabek have with food since a time beyond memory on Mikinaakminising or Turtle Island. In the Anishinaabe worldview, Mikinaakminising makes reference to the American continent. The shell of the turtle (mikinaak) represents the land we live in and highlights the 13 moons of the Anishinaabe lunar calendar. These moons are symbolized through the shell with 13 center plate-sections representing each moon and 28 outer plate-sections representing the days.


The exhibit is organized by season. Ziigwan (spring) focuses on reclaiming sugar bushing (tapping maple trees) to make maple syrup. Niibin (summer) focuses on taking care of our relationship with nibi (water), mshkiki (medicines), and aki (land) during this time and through all the seasons. Daagwagin (fall) focuses on preserving intergenerational knowledge. Biboon (winter) highlights fulfilling our reciprocal responsibilities affirmed in our hunting, fishing, and other treaty rights.


As you move through each season, stories are shared of how our relationship with food from Shkaakamikwe (Mother Earth) and nibi (water) connects us to our ancestors and descendants. The reciprocal nourishment between the Anishinaabek and Shkaakamikwe is underscored with struggles to preserve and restore food sovereignty and exercise treaty rights.

Our team:

Jessica Barnes, Najor Rick Burnett III, Ann Cameron, Michelle Cypher, Danielle Gartner, Cheyenne Hopps, Heather Howard, Michele Koppinger, Patrick Koval, Maeve Kuhlman, Michelle Leask, Lisa Martin, Eva Oldman, Amanda Rinna, Jessica Saucedo, Rosebud Schneider, Beedoskah Stonefish, Chelsea Wentworth 


Cancer Survivorship Resources


Cancer Journey Resource Guide

Designed by the Three Fires Cancer Consortium and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, this Cancer Journey Resource Guide is a helpful tool that provides your patients with a directory of resources available in your community.  This is an editable/tailorable guide designed to be delivered to your cancer patients by a clinic or community health staff member who can review and offer the resources available within your community, and at the same time provide a staff member time to document any fears or barriers the patient may be encountering, and any support they need with their cancer diagnosis.

Many patients living in rural locations are not provided the navigation support offered in urban areas, and this toolkit can provide a connection back to community resources to mitigate issues such as financial barriers, and food insecurity, and provide personalized referrals to local resources (traditional healer, dietician, behavioral health, etc.) while on their cancer journey.

This link is a Canva template, that you can copy, rename, and tailor for your health system and tribal community.  If you have any questions or need support in tailoring this document for your community, please reach out to


Three Fires Comprehensive Cancer Consortium

The Three Fires programs aim to decrease cancer rates, improve the quality of life among cancer survivors and decrease cancer morbidity and mortality for Michigan’s American Indians.

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program aims to decrease colon, breast and lung cancer, improve quality of life among cancer survivors and decrease cancer morbidity and mortality for Michigan’s American Indians.

The Three Fires Cancer Consortium, addresses cancer-related health disparities among Michigan’s American Indian populations through the use of policy, systems and environmental change strategies.

Five tribes are participating in this consortium: 

  • Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Hannahville Indian Community
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community 
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians


Behavioral Health & Services


Digital Stories

Healing Generational Trauma

2 Videos

Recovery - Sexual Abuse

1 Videos

Data Repositories

Welcome to the Tribal Prevention Data Repository, a central location to access data and data sources relating to behavioral health issues. The data repository is geared to meet the needs of Michigan’s Tribal Behavioral Health Staff. This repository is a living tool that will be updated regularly to ensure that it can be useful as tool to increase capacity for tribal communities to address behavioral health issues. If you have any recommendations or issues with the data repository please feel free to reach out via email:

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All Drug Data

Suicide Data

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Childhood is Sacred

About Childhood is Sacred

When making decisions, our Anishinaabeg ancestors thought about the impact their decision and planning would have seven generations ahead. It is a cultural practice that has helped preserved our language and traditional wisdom despite war and overwhelming historical challenges and barriers, some of which still affect us today and are largely the reason for the work we do in partnership with tribal communities.

Remembering that Childhood is Sacred keeps children at the heart of our communities and ensures a bright healthy future, many generations ahead. The period of childhood (0-8 years) is a foundational period of tremendous growth and development. It is the stage of life for learning and setting healthy practices. In addition, our elders tell us that every child is born with a unique gift important to maintaining balance in the community and as adults we are all charged with ensuring that every child is supported and nurtured in a manner that ensures their wellbeing. We want to see that every child’s gifts blossom.

Campaign Resources

Making Connections PSA

As fellow advocates, teachers, and Anishinaabe parents, we understand how important our children are to the health and wealth of our communities. ITCMI has partnered with the Michigan ACE Initiative to extend our work in addressing the mental health needs of children in our communities. Trauma is very real for our children and the more we do to understand how it affects our children, the more we help them heal and build their resilience. We are pleased to share some of our most materials for you to hang, talk about, and share with others in your community. This campaign in partnership with the MIACE Initiative ( touches on research that points to the importance of making connections to reduce trauma and increase resilience. These materials include tips and techniques that have been developed with input from youth and their providers as well as ACEs research and culture. The goal behind this work is to build resilience in youth through increased awareness and education about the importance of healthy social connections, connections to nature, and cultural connections. To learn more about ACEs and these resources or to access digital copies for download or further sharing, please go to and These sites can provide you with •a number of videos and 30 second PSAs you can share or play in your area.

•Posters (you can print and share for educational purposes only)

•Toolkit for lessons and activities that accompany the messages shared in the materials

•Links to other helpful resources and materials (see also:


Public Education Campaign Toolkit

This toolbox is designed to give parents, providers and caring adults working with youth 5-18 years old additional information surrounding the education campaign titled MAKING CONNECTIONS to Heal, Grow and Build Resilience.

We hope that the users of this toolkit will be become more trauma aware. It may not be easy and require years of support, but we truly believe that anyone can overcome the effects of Trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We acknowledge that that can be a long challenging journey. By teaching resilience skills to children, we can empower them to resist and heal from trauma; thus, preventing the long-term health issues associated with ACEs.


Michelle Leask, MA/200RYT/SEL*F & ACEs Master Trainer

Citizen, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas



Josie Babcock, MPH & ACEs Trainer

Citizen, Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Further acknowledgement goes to PACE D2A, Michigan Public Health Institute, MIACE Initiative, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Project ILAUNCH, Healthy Native Youth, and GoZen for their continued work and dedication in the field of youth mental health and prevention.

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Making Connections Poster

Making Connections Poster free for download and distribution.

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This billboard is on display during the summer of 2023 through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Childhood is Sacred PSA

Children don’t need perfect parents. They need parents and grandparents to make time, listen, be curious and love them unconditionally. It’s our job to care for and spend time with our children so they realize their gifts and use them to help all our people. Childhood is sacred. Make time with your child sacred by being active, playful and true. This is how we heal the future. 


Download these posters to help promote the Childhood is Sacred Campaign. Each poster features different ways to be active, playful and true with your child including cooking together, picking berries, playing ball games and getting regular exercise, making music, and more! 

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Resource Guide

Project I-LAUNCH partnered with OPEN MSU to create a Substance Use Pregnancy and Parenting resource guide that includes contact information and resources for tribal health and behavioral health clinics, tribal home visiting, syringe service programs, and recovery services.

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Wisdom Keeper Video Series

Children don’t need perfect parents. They need parents and grandparents to make time, listen, be curious and love them unconditionally. It’s our job to care for and spend time with our children so they realize their potential.

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Join The Young Child Wellness Advisory Council (YCWAC)

This Council aims to create space for dedicated parents, community staff, and family members to share their voice and vision for young child wellness. If you are passionate about the wellbeing of children and families, please join our Young Child Wellness Advisory Council Meetings (held quarterly) and/or contact one of the members below.


Michelle Leask (Schulte):
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan 

Ashley Seppanen:
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community 

Julia Schroeder:
or Kendra Kleiman:
Hannahville Indian Community 

Lauren Ryskey:
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 

Laura McKechnie:
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians



Since 2012, ITCMI has been working with Tribes and Tribal Citizens across Michigan to erase the silos across services and programs that serve children 0-8 and their families. From community discussions to strategy innovation and implementation, everyone involved has been working to elevate the role of our early childhood providers, support parents and be more effective and efficient with existing resources in each community.

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Additional Links

  • Upper Peninsula Community Resources
    • Here families, individuals, home visitors, and community organizations will find helpful tools, information, and resources to help answer questions, find resources, trainings, share documents, and find community partners.
  • ACF Video Series on Early Childhood Social Emotional Development and Mental Health and Caregiver Wellbeing
    • The Children’s Bureau in partnership with the Office of Early Childhood Development, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Office of Head Start, and other federal partners, created a series of short videos to spotlight the importance of robust social emotional development and mental health support strategies within programs serving young children and their families.
    •’s vision is that all communities and human service organizations are proactively father-inclusive so that every child has an involved, responsible, and committed father in their lives.


Health Risk Behaviors Among Native Americans in Michigan

This report presents estimates from both the 2017 Native American BRFS (NaBRFS) and the State of Michigan 2017 BRFSS (MiBRFS). When possible, comparison charts will be included to highlight health disparities.

The NaBRFS is one of the only sources of state-specific, population-based estimates of the prevalence of various health behaviors, medical conditions, and preventive health care practices among Native American Michigan adults. The survey findings can be used by Tribal agencies, public health agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and others to develop programs that promote the health of Native American Michigan citizens.

The results from the 2017 NaBRFS presented within this report have been weighted as described in the methods section and can be interpreted as prevalence estimates among the Michigan Native American adult population.

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Anishinaabek Cooking Resources

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Healthy Cooking Anishinaabek Way Cookbook

Included below is a collaborative collection of recipes, cooking videos, and other healthy nutrition materials titled Anishinaabek Cooking Resources (ACR). The ACR cooking video and recipe content was created by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and participating tribes through support from its Michigan Tribal Food Access Coalition and Walmart Healthy Native Foods Projects. 

The Anishinaabek Cooking Resources are packaged into a series of 12 monthly PDF sets which include links to cooking demonstration videos, recipes, and nutrition education resources.  Each recipe demonstration promotes the use of healthy ingredients which are traditional to Michigan Native Americans, many of which are available at local grocery stores, farmer’s markets, or through Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) programs.

The educational resources which accompany each video link include handouts on Anishinaabek culture through the 13 Moons Anishinaabe Nutrition project and nutrition information and cooking tips provided by the 2020 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

We hope that everyone will enjoy our ACR Cookbook and the delicious health-giving recipes within.

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