Every fall near the Signing of the Treaty Day (October 3rd), Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) hosts an immersive two-day cultural experience that demonstrates Anishinaabe fall harvesting practices to students from participating schools. Fall Harvest is a unique opportunity for students to learn about and participate in traditional practices including wild rice preparing, bannock making, traditional storytelling, deer preparations, medicine demonstrations, Métis games and more.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SGEI has developed a series of videos highlighting a few of our Fall Harvest stations.
ACTIVITY BOOK: Click here to download the activity booklet that accompanies the videos.
Ed Atatise discusses how to pick and where to find traditional medicines like Mishkodewashk (White sage), Wiike (Rat root), Giizhik (Cedar), Makwachiibik (Bear root), Minikwaachiganensan (Pitcher’s plant), Sagataagan (Chaga) and Animikii waabigwaniig (Pearl everlasting).
Bill Perrault demonstrates Gillnetting, a traditional fishing technique using a 300-foot-long fishing net.
Jessica Atatise and Chad Smith introduce SGEI’s Grandfather drum (Saagajiwe) and Grandmother staff (Gookomisinaan) while local singers Chad Smith, Dakota Smith and Dillon Smith drum.
Please note that this video contains sensitive topics including physical and sexual abuse.
Kelvin Morrison shares stories and talks about his personal experience at Ste. Marguerite’s Indian Residential school on Couchiching First Nation and the effect it had on his relationship with his language and culture.
Learn about treaties in Canada, local Indigenous history and treaty rights specific to Treaty #3.