This is not only troubling for the ecosystem but is very worrisome to Indigenous peoples, as relying on the caribou and the land in the future is of utmost importance.
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.
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.
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