Women of First Light, Nova Scotia
Year(s) Funded: 2019-2020
Topic Area: Food Security
Title: mawmimajultimk (all life to live in harmony)
Project Summary: The objectives of the mawmimajultimk project were to: re-establish the kinship between Mi’Kmaq and Maliseet to share the land-based knowledge that sustained these communities for thousands of years; and to bring traditional knowledge to an urban area (Fredericton). More specifically the project aimed to bring healthy lifestyles back by connecting people to traditional and sustainable ways of living, and to gain a deeper understanding of ecology through a combination of grandmother’s eyes and biology - science and spiritual connections. The project involved youth in working to document the impacts of climate change and to look for ways to mitigate the impacts which included: creating or expanding three community gardens; building a four-season greenhouse and a three- season greenhouse; two workshops of harvesting medicinal plants; a gathering of 40 people where changes to climate were discussed, along with sustainable ways of living; a weekend workshop on moose hide tanning in Cape Breton; a 7 -day moose hiding smoking/tanning workshop on Maliseet First Nations land within Fredericton which saw over 400 people come to the camp. In the fall food was distributed to family members, and funding was secured for future canning workshops which will be filmed for public viewing and education.