Part of the cultural event was what organizers described as impromptu tours to nearby sites, including the Talon Metals mine site and the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline corridor, pointing out nearby lakes, rivers and wetlands.
TAMARACK — In Ojibwe culture, manoomin is sacred. Manoomin is wild rice, the food that grows on water.
Honor the Earth hosted a public wild rice camp in Aitkin County Sept. 8-10. Featured speakers and collaborators were Rory Wakemup and Leanna Goose.
Goose is an organizer with Honor the Earth and she led an activity around replanting manoomin. As a mom, Goose is trying to combat aquatic invasive species with reseeding wild rice with a method she describes as mud balls.
She said in a recentKAXE Morning Showconversation: “I know the world is changing a lot and manoomin is under threat from climate change, invasive species and now mining. So I'm trying to teach my children to remain resilient and teach others, too. We had the neighborhood kids out there planting wild rice with us last year and it was a really good experience.”
Honor the Earth is collaborating with artists and cultural organizer Rory Wakemup from the Bois Forte Band. Participants will learn how to replant manoomin.
Another part of the cultural event was what organizers described as "impromptu tours" to nearby sites, including the Talon Metals mine site and the Enbridge pipeline corridor, pointing out nearby lakes, rivers and wetlands.
“Manoomin and clean water are under threat from climate change, from industries like mining, oil pipelines, and so we also want to give people a chance to be together on the land so that they can understand what Indigenous people and what water protectors are doing, and why it’s so important to protect those places,” said Shanai Matteson, cultural and campaign organizer for Honor the Earth.
Matteson presented a public art installation titled "Overburden/Overlook," which stood outside the headquarters of Talon Metals Corp. in Tamarack. Talon Metals is pursuing plans for an underground copper-nickel mine in Aitkin County. The plan was submitted to state regulators in June and is under environmental review.