Introduction The Making of Mtigwaki The Mtigwaki Logo The McLeod Shabogesics The FBorFW Strips Featuring Mtigwaki The Ojibwe Nation Image Gallery Ojibwe Dictionary Baby Welcoming Ceremony Baloney and Bannock Mtigwaki image map
Lynn wins Debwewin award!
Mtigwaki: Land Of Trees

In 2004, Elizabeth Patterson moved to a First Nations community called Mtigwaki in Northern Ontario to teach at a small school. You can read about her adventure in our archives, or in our collection books "She's Turning Into One of Them and a Learning Experience.

Lynn's introduction to Mtigwaki:
I wanted to create an imaginary Ojibway community in Northern Ontario that would be true to life, giving readers a realistic view of what living in a First Nation community is like. In so doing, I wanted to show Elizabeth's world change for the better, with the challenge of teaching multiple grades in an unfamiliar environment, rich with Canadian history.

In order to do this, I needed help!

PerryI met Perry McLeod-Shabogesic several years ago on a committee arranged by Canadore College to set the curriculum for their summer arts program.

Perry told me he was a cartoonist, and after seeing his work and meeting his family, I knew we were heading for a long term friendship.

Not quite sure what I had in mind, Perry and his eldest son Skye accepted an invitation to come to my house and help me design an aerial view of the imaginary village.

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