Gedakina is a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth, women and families from across New England, and to conserve our traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological, and spiritual significance.
Gedakina focuses on the challenges and hardships that Native America youth, women, and communities face on a daily basis and that are rooted in multi-generational exposure to systemic poverty, oppression and violence. While statistics can provide a rough snapshot of the challenges that Native American youth, women and men face, they often do not reflect the complex picture of the systemic and epidemic problems we are seeking to overcome. The urban, rural and reservation communities we work within have extremely high unemployment, substantial food security issues, and challenges to health and wellbeing far above national rates. Many youth do not see a future out of poverty; and they cannot envision the potential opportunities and positive life experiences that can be reached. Gedakina works to expose our young people to these possibilities, providing resources and opportunities and enable them to choose and pursue positive life paths.