The name for our project, Biidwewidam Indigenous Masculinities (BIM) came to Anishinaabe Elder and artist Rene Meshake while he was designing our first publication. Rene explains that bid (come), and wewidam (speaking) reflected the gathering of voices on Indigenous masculinities that he heard and saw in our work. He describes it as follows:
Picture yourself in the forest and as you sit still, you hear someone's voice becoming clearer and clearer as he/she comes near you. Biidwewidam describes the way indigenous masculinities, identities and mino-bimaadisiwin (the good life) come speaking as one voice.
Our project is thus "sounding out" the many expressions of Indigenous masculinities through networking and information sharing, all in the interest of furthering the good life for our peoples.