In the summer of 2013, MCG undertook an ambitious tree planting project in our MCG member Communities. Together with the help of funding partners and some great summer students, MCG planted up to 9 black ash and several hundred white spruce trees in six communities. As part of this project there was an education component that brought youth together with Elders or Community Knowledge Holders. We were able to witness several demonstrations of traditional basket making and other uses of Black Ash. This winter we re-visited those folks and recorded their thoughts on traditional uses of Black Ash. The images and information that was shared with us will be used in MCG educational materials geared towards youth. It was a privilege to be welcomed into the homes of many Community members and hear their stories of not only their work with native tree species, but of their lives. We look forward to showing you the materials as they evolve.
Special thank you to Gerald Toney – Annapolis Valley First Nation, Annie Paul -Indian Brook First Nation, Libby Meuse- Indian Brook First Nation, Donna Hurlburt- Acadia First Nation / Acadia University, Rose Morris – Gold River First Nation, Leonard Cremo – Pictou Landing First Nation, Noel Nicholas – Pictou Landing First Nation, Gilbert Sewell – Pabineau First Nation and Della Maguire – Glooscap First Nation for taking the time to speak with us and share your inspiring stories and vast knowledge.
It was a privilege to spend time with each of you.