Muskeg Lake Cree Nation community food forest helps connections, knowledge grow – CBC

Aug 23, 2021

Community forest on Saskatchewan First Nation provides connections along with food security

Gardeners behind a “food forest” on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan held a grand opening this summer, and are now hoping the space will also help grow a sense of engagement and teach traditional Indigenous knowledge.

“Hundreds of years ago, our people were great with working with plants, medicines, natural herbs,” Muskeg Lake council member Cal Arcand said. “So it’s really nice to see a very good teaching tool that we can use in our community,”

The food forest program — which involves a self-sustaining garden that community members are invited to harvest — started around 2018 after Steven Wiig, a permaculturist, made a presentation in the community and leaders got involved.

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