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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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centered, community-engaged education and research.