Last week the community of Wabowden welcomed visitors from around northern Manitoba to their local Grow North conference. The conference featured sessions about greenhouses and gardening, traditional crafts, trapping and medicines, as well as a community feast and powwow. Three staff from our Winnipeg office traveled up to Wabowden to attend and help out, as well as Demian, the Our Food Our Health Our Culture Fox Lake Coordinator.
For Demian especially, the conference was a great opportunity to connect with others around the province who are doing similar work, particularly around reclaiming traditional food in northern Manitoba. While he enjoyed connecting with all of the participants and presenters, a session he attended by Jack Robinson about traditional medicines spoke to him the loudest. Jack was an amazing storyteller, and also shared a great deal of knowledge about herbs and plants traditionally used to help heal people. Demian also enjoyed connecting with David and Patricia Lathlin from Crossing Bay, two Elders who shared the history of the north with him. He is excited to get back to Fox Lake so he can put to use the knowledge and inspiration he gathered in Wabowden.
Thanks to Carol Sanoffsky, Mel Johnson School staff and students, and the Wabowden community for their great hospitality.