“When we choose the good life, we’re living well, not just for ourselves, but for those seven generations from now.”
– James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw
The journey to mino bimaadiziwin starts with you.
The Anishinaabe emphasize the importance of living in harmony with all of our relatives, respecting our elders and ancestors, and maintaining strong connections within our community.
SPRING is committed to help encourage our people to stay on this path of a good life. We address the risks of suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and the misuse and abuse of prescription medications, while providing cultural and traditional teachings to empower our brothers and sisters.
Some of the Ways We Make a Difference
In-School Talking Circles
We offer in-school talking circles to ensure that our tribal youth have a safe place to talk and learn about cultural and risky behaviors. *With participating schools in the tri-county area*
Baagadowewin “Woodland Lacrosse”
Games are hosted all throughout the year to keep its origin story alive, promote community connection, and provide a fun alternative to risky behaviors.
Various forms of teachings are held year-round to strengthen one’s traditional knowledge and to increase confidence with one’s Indigenous identity.
A summer camp collaboration between LTBB Departments to keep the traditional means of travel alive and respected within the community.
Drum Making & Lessons
Drums hold significant importance within our community. Learning and making a drum increases the connection to the Creator and all of our relatives.
Youth Summer Program
Open to ages 9 to 20 years old, this space educates our youth on the dangers of risky behaviors and provides the tools and resources to make positive choices.
Meet Our Staff
Angie Woodin, MSW, M.ED, MSS
Angie is the heart of the team. She has been with SPRING for many years and continues to spread her wealth of knowledge amongst her colleagues and our people. Angie truly enjoys helping her community, both elder and youth.
Robert “RJ” Smith
Youth Outreach Specialist
RJ works with our youth to connect them to our culture and traditions through baagadowewin, talking circles, teachings, drum practice, and so much more. These help our youth gain the tools to guide them to stay on the path of mino bimaadzaawin.
Youth Activities Organizer
Jade recently joined the team. She enjoys working alongside RJ to keep our youth on the path of mino bimaadzaawin. In her downtime, she works on maintaining the SPRING schedule, social media, and digital messages.
Community Health Grant Coordinator
Angeline’s position ensures that SPRING’s activities are compliant and meet grant objectives. She is a hardworking, “behind the scenes” employee who helps keep our program running.
Community Health Manager
As part of her managerial duties, Mindy is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the SPRING program. She enjoys being involved with the programs and services that support our community in their path to wellness.
The agencies who keep us running
We are so very grateful for the grants, mentioned below, that fund our program. Without them, we would not be here today.
And the partners who help us transform lives
Fellow LTBB Programs and Tribal Businesses have given their time and support to help us guide our community to find mino bimaadziwin.
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