We Are The Land

Honoring Our Relationships

Georgie Horton-Baptiste & James Wilkes

Community Voices for Manoomin, Nogojiwanong

Georgie Horton-Baptiste is Saulteaux Anishinaabe Ikwe, Atik Doodem (Caribou Clan), from Manidoo Bawitigong (Manitou Rapids) in the Rainy River District of Northwestern Ontario where she lived her early years. She grew up in the Bancroft-Peterborough area and is a member of the urban Indigenous community in Peterborough. Currently, Georgie is President of the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Friendship Center Board of Directors. By trade, she is an Industrial Automation CAD Technician and a photographer and wanderer at leisure. Her off time avocation of capturing the faces, places and spaces of Anishinaabe Akiing (land of the People) through her camera lens has enabled her to contribute photos to photography exhibits and various media platforms. Her lived experiences of bridging two worlds has given her the passion to speak for and work towards truth, reconciliation and co-conspiratorship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians.

James Wilkes is a treaty person and a guest in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory, and he works to support the continuation of ecological and cultural diversity through action, teaching, and research. He is a cultural ecologist and contract faculty member in the Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences (IESS) program at Trent University, an instructor at the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) in Tyendinaga, and a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at Queen's University. James also volunteers his time as a member of Community Voices for Manoomin (CVFM) for the protection of 'wild rice' in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough and the surrounding treaty areas.

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