Before embarking on any project, especially one that will affect the whole province and beyond, it is important to consider the wide-spread, long-term impact of what we do. This involves not only considering the environmental impact, but also the social impact of our actions. In order to do so, we must first understand who and what is directly affected.
By working on stories and projects like these, I have started to build a stronger sense of connection to my community. This is a process which I feel has direct parallels with my appreciation of the natural world too. How many ecological crises are the result of an artificial, unsustainable disconnect between humans and the natural world?
As the designated “Indigenous Liaison” for CPAWS-Saskatchewan, I was asked to write a piece to celebrate Indigenous History Month this June. I must admit, at first, I was a bit stumped as to how I would convey the importance of this event and intimated on how to explain that working with indigenous peoples has helped to shape my life.
My dad, Gord Vaadeland, has been a huge inspiration to me all of my life. Thanks to him, I have learned a lot about music … Read More
The project began for me as a child growing up on Piapot First Nation. It really began as I picked Misaskwatomina (Saskatoon Berries) with my Kokom and Mosom. Finding shade in the Qu’applle Valley underneath trees as we picked berries. These memories are precious and are moments that bind families together. These are memories that many Indigenous families as we harvested this food from the land.
Your words are powerful and my words are said. Your words are dancing to the new notes in my head. My words are like trees of autumn days like leaves that leave me in so different ways, while your words trickle out like a spring run-off. Your words bring new meaning and life, while my words have been sustaining me all these winter nights.