This project aims to introduce Anicinabe art in the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. It includes eight works of art in the region’s health and social services facilities.  Created by Anicinabe artists, these artworks serve as landmarks and a gesture of recognition for the Anicinabe Nation members, as they refer to important symbols of their culture.

The name “Odeimen” is said to have been attributed to a healer who, by studying the heart of his ‘patients’, knew how to heal them. Thus, because the heart resembles a strawberry, the nickname “Odeimen”, which means “strawberry” in Anicinabemowin, would have been given to him.

This project was carried out as part of the Culturat program.

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“Joyce Echaquan’s death has shaken us all. It has brought home the urgency of working with the health system so that community members can access it with confidence. A project like this is a great opportunity to present the works of our artists to the regional population, to make them known and to increase their influence. But above all, it is an opening for Anicinabe culture in health institutions.”

Richard Kistabish, President of Minwashin

Opening of Odeimen

Photo credit for the artpieces : Christian Leduc

Photo credit for the opening : Marie-Raphaëlle LeBlond