The stories in this category are about harvesting, preparing and consuming traditional foods such as wild rice, blueberries, acorn, maple syrup, maple sugar, fish, wild meat, using traditional methods and also newer technologies and tools. Food preparation in these stories is done in fun, experiential, often family or community-based ways that allow for the transmission of knowledge between generations, the strengthening of community pride, human health, and ultimately survival. Those interviewed share stories of food practices and draw attention to issues of food security through contrasts between bush food which is harvested and hunted, and town food, which contains additives and costs money. Several of these programs address the need to understand the land, develop technical skills, and also to be able to adapt based on changes like governmental policies, weather, and other factors that impact an ability to survive through traditional Indigenous food practices.
This is one in a set of three videos about life along the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River) in the Sahtu. This video is about learning the important life skill of fishing - how to fish and when and where to fish, knowledge that is passed down from one generation to another.
Elizabeth Sault seeks to provide wholistic educational opportunities to community members with the aim of violence reduction. Violence reduction can happen in many ways and Elizabeth speaks of how a healthy community reduces violence. She works much of the time one to one with individuals in crisis but her workshops round out her program to assist individuals to gain life skills and build a healthy Indigenous identity to empower them to seek health and wellness. Reducing violence is about living a good life and she seeks out elders and community members who have teachings to share with her participants. Elizabeth does work to raise awareness about MMIW and human trafficking in her programs as well as hosting larger events for service providers.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.