Paint for Truth art by Ellie Lagrandeur


George Brown College Students Support Anishnawbe Health with Evening of Art and Conversation 

This past March a group of six George Brown College Sport and Event Marketing postgraduate students came together to host a fully virtual paint night in support of Anishnawbe Health Foundation (AHF). The event, Painting for Truth, was a night of art and impactful conversations about Indigenous culture, history, and truth and reconciliation. The evening began with remarks from Janine Manning, Manager of Annual Giving and Donor Relations at AHF and then followed with art instruction Lead by Ojibwe artist Ellie Lagrandeur. 

The idea and planning for Painting for Truth was many months in the making and was part of the learning experience for the students in this one-year program. During the first semester, the group discussed the idea, chose the charity, and planned the event. In the second semester, the students were tasked with fulfilling the plan. When asked how the idea for Paint for Truth came about, George Brown student Dylan Reed explains, “The idea of a paint night and deciding upon an Indigenous charity as the beneficiary came hand in hand as the idea came to light. As we discussed with our classmates in the following weeks, we found ourselves to be the only group working in support of an Indigenous charity.” 


Emma Cooper, Donor Relations and Office Coordinator, Anishnawbe Health Foundation

Anishnawbe Health Foundation Welcomes Emma Cooper 

We are pleased to announce that Emma Cooper has joined the Anishnawbe Health Foundation team as the new Donor Relations and Office Coordinator. In this role, Emma will be providing customer service to donors and volunteers, supporting donor stewardship and communication activities as well as helping with overall office coordination for the Foundation team. 

Emma is a member of the Delaware Nation of the Six Nations. She is a graduate of the Creative Industries program at Toronto Metropolitan University, with specialties in the music industry and storytelling in the media. Prior to joining our team, Emma worked in digital marketing, advertising, and corporate communications, most recently at BMO. Emma is looking forward to working with Anishnawbe Health, an organization that makes a meaningful impact with a community she cares about. 


"Our Ancestors Live Forever" by Brandon Jacko

Anishnawbe Health Toronto Traditional Healer Pete Keshane is the next Storyteller in the Wisdom Weavers Series   

On May 13th, the Wisdom Weavers Storytelling & Traditional Teachings series continues with our next Storyteller, Traditional Healer Robert (Pete) Keshane. Pete is from is Keeseekose First Nation in Saskatchewan and was raised in the urban setting of Regina. For the past 16 years, Pete has served as a Traditional Healer at Anishnawbe Health Toronto 

Pete’s storytelling presentation is titled “Relationships” and he will tell a story from a long time ago that has been given to him. The story honours Ancestors and Mother Earth, as it speaks from a spiritual perspective of the whole person who is connected to land, and connected in relationship to others including family, community, and Nations.  

Join us May 13th at 12:00 p.m. on and to catch-up on past Wisdom Weavers Traditional teachings visit

The Wisdom Weavers series will continue monthly through 2022 and is funded, in part through donations to Anishnawbe Health Foundation, including major support from Green Shield Canada as well funding received from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Ontario.


(From L to R) Janine Manning, Angel Miller and Julie Cookson enjoying soup at Clay Restaurant 


Clay Restaurant and the Gardiner Have the Recipe for Fundraising Success

The results are in! We are excited to share that Clay Restaurant and The Food Dudes catering company raised over $3,200 for Anishnawbe Health. Proceeds were raised through sales, at Clay Restaurant, of the delicious Smoked Trout and Sweet Potato Chowder by award-winning Indigenous Chef Joseph Shawana that was featured in the virtual Empty Bowls event earlier in March.

Chef Shawana, assisted by Clay Restaurant Head Chef, Bianca Azupardo, held an online cooking demonstration hosted by the Gardiner Museum, to show viewers how to prepare the soup at home. The recipe was then added to the Clay Restaurant menu for the entire month of March. Soup proceeds, combined with the donations from participants from Empty Bowls Online, totaled over $6,000. 

We want to say a big thank you to Chef Joseph Shawana, The Food Dudes, Clay Restaurant, and the Gardiner Museum for your outstanding support and commitment to Indigenous health and healing in Toronto. We would also like to thank the hundreds of people who joined us virtually or in person to make this spring’s Empty Bowls Online a tremendous success. Miigwech! 


Join Team Anishnawbe Health at the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge this Fall! 

Anishnawbe Health Foundation is participating in the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge for the third year running!  The race and Challenge – previously known as the Scotiabank Marathon - will be both in-person and virtual this year. The virtual race or walk can be completed on your own timeline between September 16th to October 16th and the in-person event will be taking place on October 16th.  

In 2021, runners raised $20,000 and this year our goal at Anishnawbe Health is to raise $25,000 in support of health and healing for the Indigenous community in Toronto. 

If you are interested in running, walking, or would like to offer your support, you can create your own team, join our team or donate & share the charity challenge with family and friends.  If you have any questions, please contact Angel at or call her at 416-657-0379 x 233. 


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