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Fall Harvest in the Treaty 2 Territory

Fall Harvest in the Treaty 2 Territory

Treaty 2 Territory – Anishinaabeg of the Territory begin to harvest during the fall months annually. I’ve taken the opportunity of Land Based Wellness days as a member of the Treaty 2 Territory and employee of the Treaty 2 Territory Government. It’s really important for Anishinaabeg to connect with the land. Connecting with the land

Treaty 2 Territory – Anishinaabeg of the Territory begin to harvest during the fall months annually. I’ve taken the opportunity of Land Based Wellness days as a member of the Treaty 2 Territory and employee of the Treaty 2 Territory Government. It’s really important for Anishinaabeg to connect with the land. Connecting with the land replenishes our mind, body, and spirit. The best way for us to do this, is to participate in a land based activity.

 

In my home nation of Kakakwekejeong, I’m very fortunate to be able to harvest medicines in our diverse terrain and landscape. We have medicines such as wiikay, cedar, sweet grass, and sage. My favourite land based activity is harvesting sage. Sage is traditionally a woman’s medicine. There are differences in the sage we gather in Kakakwekejeong. There is women’s sage and men’s sage. My 7 year-old son and I gathered men’s sage. One of the teachings that I’ve learned when harvesting sage, is to gather 21 strands of sage, and tie them together as one. 21 represents the past 7 generations, the 7 generations, and 7 future generations. Sage is a medicine that could be used to mix with other medicines, drink as a tea, and to smudge. Smudging with sage cleanses our spirit, and gives us a healthy open mind which allows us to think clearly and make good choices. There are many teachings and purposes of sage. It is one of our sacred medicines. I encourage you all to learn the medicines of our Anishinaabe ways. The best was to learn is to pass tobacco to a knowledge keeper who is familiar with the medicines used by our people.

 

Following our week out on the land, I’ve felt energized and connected to our Mother Earth. As Anishinaabeg, we must connect with the land on a regular basis, as this was always the ways of our Ancestors. Our current generations shall continue the practices of harvesting, and to teach them to the younger generations. Gichi Miigwech!

– Makade Mukwa , 2022

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