Regaining Maple Tapping Knowledge for Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation youth
In collaboration with Charles Audy Memorial School located in Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation (Manitoba) and Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative.
Maple syrup harvesting has always been part of the Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation tradition, a tradition and practice passed on from generation to generation. With maple syrup readily available in grocery stores, the harvesting of maple water has been left behind. This project enabled Grade 4-8 students of Charles Audy Memorial School to go out onto the land to learn how to tap maple trees, harvest and process maple water into maple syrup. This activity was a part of their grandparents’ livelihood; it is a manifestation of food sovereignty, and is helping to ensure traditional skills and knowledge tied to maple harvesting remains alive and well in the Wuskwi Sipihk communities of Northern Manitoba.