On Breathing and Braiding is an online platform initiated by Elwood Jimmy through his work with Musagetes. This site functions as an archive, as well as an incubator for process & experimentation that gestures towards breaking colonial habits of being, and for holding space for difficult conversations between Indigenous and the non-Indigenous sensibilities, accountable collaborations, and maintaining generative relationships in time of crisis and loss. It is also functions as a measure of accountability – one marker of measuring organizational investment (time, resources, etc.) and impact within the communities I work in.
Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, cultural manager and gardener. Currently based in Toronto, he is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global far north. For 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations locally and abroad. He is currently the Coordinator of Indigenous Programs/Cultural and Organizational Change Catalyst with the Musagetes Foundation.
Musagetes is an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in our communities, and in our societies.