NOSM: The Noojamadaa Exhibit
Indigenous Perspectives on Healthy Relationships
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) invites the public to the grand opening of The Noojamadaa Exhibit. Over the past year, a research team led by NOSM Associate Professor Dr. Marion Maar has collaborated with Manitoulin First Nations communities and organizations on a photovoice project to support healthy relationships and counteract intimate partner violence. In photovoice methodology, participants are invited to take photographs and share their narratives to stimulate community action. As part of the methodology, Maar and Beaudin Bennett (Masters of Indigenous Relations program at Laurentian University) invited participants to take photographs and share their stories over a period of several months.
Featuring thoughtful photography by First Nations women on Manitoulin Island, The Noojamadaa Exhibit uses an experiential learning approach to foster and promote healing and reconciliation. The knowledge translation aspect of the project involves gallery installation and film footage in collaboration with the Indigenous theatre group De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Storytellers and the Laurentian University School of Architecture.
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. Grand Opening (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Location: McEwen School of Architecture
83 Elm Street
Noojamadaa means “let’s heal” and the exhibit provides a safe space for Indigenous and non‐Indigenous peoples to reflect on our shared journey towards wellness, through contemplation of our relationships with one another and our surroundings.
This project is a new opportunity to raise awareness about the characteristics of intimate partner violence, and to help inform community health strategies that can then begin to address this important issue. In undertaking this project, Manitoulin First Nation communities have taken new steps toward community-based solutions to intimate partner violence. The project is guided by an Indigenous community advisory committee, to ensure that the work continues to reflect the needs of communities.
The exhibit runs from March 23 – April 1, 2017. Admission is free. All warmly welcomed. Funding was provided by the Women’s Xchange.
For information regarding The Noojamadaa Exhibit, or to schedule a guided tour please contact:
Dr. Marion Maar
Associate Professor, Medical Anthropology
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