Fruit and nut tree program goals to advertise meals sovereignty in Wabanaki communities

A U.S.-based Indigenous non-profit is attempting to assist Wabanaki communities have entry to sustainable meals by distributing fruit and nut timber. 

Nibezun relies in Passadumkeag, Maine, roughly 50 kilometres northeast of Bangor, and is providing as much as 300 seashore plum, elderberry or American hazelnut timber to neighborhood members.

The Wabanaki Confederacy consists of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Abenaki nations.

Kassidy Bernard is L’nu (Mi’kmaw for particular person of the land) from We’koqma’q First Nation, about 240 kilometres northeast of Halifax, and makes use of they/them pronouns.

Bernard was thrilled to be taught in regards to the meals safety initiative as a result of they need to implement a meals sharing program of their neighborhood. 

“Having that, to depend on one another and to maintain ourselves for such a fundamental want, it is such a giant reassurance to me,” stated Bernard. 

Bernard is ordering a seashore plum tree from Nibezun. The neighborhood already has entry to an elderberry tree and a hazelnut tree, so Bernard stated a plum tree can be a pleasant addition.

Bernard is studying foraging practices from their sister and sooner or later desires of residing fully off the land. 

“[I] love the thought of connecting to our blood reminiscence and ancestral methods of consuming, too,” stated Bernard. 

Bernard hopes that by studying methods to develop a meals tree they will move alongside that information sometime. 

Nibezun is Penobscot for medication and the group seems to heal Wabanaki communities by means of meals, ceremony and different programming. The meals tree mission began in 2020 after a lot of timber have been donated to the group. 

The meals timber this yr come from ReTreeUS, one other U.S. non-profit that encourages sustainable farming. 

Nicole Paul, one of many co-directors at Nibezun who’s Passamaquoddy from Sipayik (Nice Level), stated reclaiming meals sovereignty is essential as a result of what we eat is related to language and tales, and bringing these again to Indigenous communities is important.

Nick Bear is the meals tree program co-ordinator with Nibezun. (Nibezun )

Nick Bear, the meals tree program co-ordinator at Nibezun, stated sustainable farming is about being a very good steward to the land.

“It is a present to take care of Mom Earth and replenish her by placing issues again into the earth,” stated Bear, who’s Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Wolastoqey with ties to Indian Island, Maine, and Sipayik (Nice Level). 

“We’re attempting to increase our attain and do issues like this for our communities and our individuals as a lot as potential,” stated Bear. 

He researched what number of vegetation he might ship and not using a allow into Canada however nonetheless has to observe up with the Canadian Meals Inspection Company on different laws. 

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