A New Tradition

Who Are We Now? The Committee, The Icon

Partnerships have kept the momentum growing and grew the vision. From the beginning, partners included:

  • The County of Simcoe
    – Tourism/Museum
    – Engineering
    – Finance
    – Communications
  • The Chippewa Tri-Council which includes Beausoleil First Nation, Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation represented by Bill Jamieson, Ron Douglas and Andrew Big Canoe, respectively
  • Springwater Township
  • Barrie Rotary and Rotary clubs throughout the county
  • Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
  • The Federal Government through Heritage Canada
  • Canada’s renowned sculptor, Marlene Hilton Moore

The current Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin currently include:

  • Tony Guergis, Chair
  • Ron Douglas, Vice Chair
  • Kelly Brownbill, Education Coordinator
  • Harold Parker, Elder
  • Bill Jamieson, Elder
  • Peter Dean
  • Marlene Hilton Moore
  • Joan Lehman
  • Kristen Monague
  • Brian Charles

Meet the

The Icon

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Through a partnership with Beausoleil First Nation, a Heritage Canada grant in 2012 empowered the committee to commission a sculpture by Marlene Hilton Moore that encompassed everything important to them:

  Remembering Our Past
  Celebrating Our Present and
  Building Our Future

Our name, Wiidookdaadiwin, is from the Ojibway language and means: “Working Together and Helping One Another”. It was gifted to the icon by the Elders of the Chippewa Tri-Council after long consultation with Bill Jamieson. The name also captures the guiding principles of this entire journey, and as such, has been adopted as the name of the site as well as the working Group, Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin.