Funding Priority: Nokom's House

Enhancing wellness through relationship building with 'all our relations'

Join us in support of the Indigenous land-based lab Nokom's House

Wellness and good relationships ­are at the heart of the research conducted by a group of community-engaged Indigenous scholars at the University of Guelph.

Nokom's House will be a "grandmother centered" space for research, community engagement, land-based activities and ceremony, built in the U of G Arboretum. This site will encompass gardens, a sacred fire, ceremonial grounds and a granny's cabin/research hub where visiting, cooking, creative work and retreat activity can take place.

Nokom's House Leadership

Dr. Kim Anderson (Family Relations and Applied Nutrition), Dr. Sheri Longboat (Rural Planning and Development) and Dr. Brittany Luby (History) are the driving force behind Nokom's House.

Within the Métis (Anderson), Haudenosaunee (Longboat), and Anishinaabe (Luby) cultures, grandmothers hold distinct leadership positions and responsibility for the wellbeing of relations both human and in the natural world.

This team will work collaboratively with community "grandmothers" to implement research projects that advance wellness for humans and the natural world, and in so doing will contribute to truth, reconciliation, and decolonization within the University community and beyond.

Building Nokom's House


Dr. Kim Anderson introduces the project to create Nokom's House and discusses how this lab will provide a place for academic research and a safe space for the Indigenous community to explore and celebrate their culture in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum.

Your donation of support for Nokom's House

Your donations can help:

  • Create a space where University and local community can engage in practices that enhance wellness through relationship building with "all our relations" (human, natural world and spirit world).
  • Provide a land-based learning environment for Indigenous community planning and development.
  • Establish a community and land-based environment for investigating Indigenous methods of teaching and learning.
  • Model post-secondary decolonizing spaces and places through innovative ways of teaching and community collaboration.

Contact our Alumni Affairs team today to learn more:

Kourtney Parker
Senior Development Manager
T 519-824-4120, ext. 56543
M 226-821-0139

Cristina Coates
Alumni Advancement Manager
T 519-824-4120, ext. 52965
M 226-971-0796