Ever want to make caribou stew? Interested in new and exciting gardening initiatives? Make sure to read this month’s edition of the Northern Sun newsletter, home to inspiring stories from across northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
This fall you can learn about Sagkeeng First Nation’s annual fall gathering, an opportunity for harvesters to share their knowledge and experience with a new generation. Young people get a chance to be involved in trapping, wild rice processing, medicine gathering, and deer processing. One young man, reflecting on his experience, expressed a sense of pride in the skills he had learned and said that this was something he would take with him into the future.
We also have a full spread story reporting on gardening initiatives that took place this summer, providing healthy food in places as diverse as Peguis, Oxford House and La Ronge. In Peguis, a vision for three acres of garden space has now grown by an additional five acres as well as individual plots at homes in the community. In La Ronge, grade 7 students were given the opportunity to garden, many for the first time, and got to contribute their harvest to the local food bank and cook up a salad and stew for their parents. And in Oxford House, approximately 36,000 pounds of vegetables were harvested from 35 garden plots.
The final story this month comes from Shamattawa First Nation, where Cheryl Cohan has been working for several years. This year Cheryl won a Golden Carrot Award for her work with horticultural therapy in Shamattawa and connecting with families and students to plant their own gardens.
The Northern Sun newsletter is compiled by Food Matters Manitoba but anyone is welcome to submit their northern food story, photos or recipes. The newsletters are distributed to community members across northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and interested people elsewhere.
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