Moose are vital to many Indigenous communities across so-called Canada. In this episode we learn about Cree moose teachings from Jeff Wastesicoot and Dr. Kevin Lewis before talking to Chief Joe Alphonse (Tŝilhqot’in) and Dara Wawatie-Chabot (Anishinaabe) about their experiences with moose preservation.
We want to recognize that some of the audio for this episde was pulled from a webinar co-hosted by Keepers of the Water, Kâniyâsihk Culture Camps, Indigenous Knowledge & Wisdom Centre, and Indigenous Climate Action.
Jeff Wastesicoot comes from Pimickamack Cree Nation (Cross Lake Manitoba). He has served as a Language consultant and knowledge Keeper for many years. Jeff continues to dedicate much of his time to helping people overcome personal challenges through ceremonies, traditional medicines and counseling. He has dedicated his life to the preservation of the Nehiyew language and culture.
Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis is a nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) instructor, researcher and writer. Dr. Lewis has worked with higher learning institutions within the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta in the areas of Cree Language Development and Instructional methodologies. For the past 18 years, Dr. Lewis has been working with community schools in promoting land and language-based education and is founder of kâniyâsihk Culture Camps - a non-profit organization focused on holistic community well-being and co-developer of Land-Based Cree Immersion School kâ-nêyâsihk mîkiwâhpa.
Dara Wawatie-Chabot is Anishinabekwe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Algonquins of Barrier Lake Quebec. A young mother, student, teacher and leader, they have spent time in Ottawa learning about Indigenous and Canadian politics, grassroots activism and levergaging platforms to enhance the voices of the traditional caretakers of Anishinabe Aki. Their work on the Moose Moratorium focuses on solidarity building, advocacy and momentum building.
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Chief Joe Alphonse has been the Tribal Chairman of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) since 2010 and elected Chief of the Tl’etinqox-t’in Government since 2009. As a fluent Chilcotin speaker, Chief Alphonse is a fifth generation Tŝilhqot’in Chief and the direct decedent of Chief Anaham, the Grand Chief of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation during the Chilcotin War of 1864.
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