March Storytelling Series: Our Relationship To Water

March 23 - March 26, 2021


As we approach the end of Winter, we begin to look forward to the many gifts that the thawing earth provides.
Spring is a time of renewal, we begin our first harvest and begin to prepare to plant. The ice coating rivers and lakes melts, and tree saps start flowing.
March 22nd is World Water Day, and while there is a critical need to reflect everyday on water's essential role in life, this month's speakers bring their knowledge and gifts to us so that we can learn and honour each of our own roles and responsibilities to the water.
Each Knowledge Keeper brings stories of their relationships with water and shares the importance of having gratitude and respect for this lifegiving force.

Note: There isno speaker Wednesday, March 24

Artwork "Two Birds Fasting" by Isaac Murdoch

Tuesday Mar 23, 2021 - Autumn Peltier

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST

Autumn Peltier is a 16-year-old Anishinaabekwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. She has been advocating for the protection of Nibi (water) and Mother Earth since the age of 8. Mentored by her Great Auntie Josephine Mandamin, Autumn has learned it is important to talk about our relationship to our mother the earth, our relationship with our own mother’s, and our connection to water.

Thursday March 25 - Wahsayzee Deleary
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST

Wahsayzee Deleary is Anishinabekwe from Oneida Nation of the Thames and Chippewas of the Thames First Nations. She is Loon Clan and a mother and grandmother.
Wahsayzee is a 3rd Degree Midewewin of the Three Fires Midewewin Lodge, and has been advocating for water and teaching about Anishinaabe culture for over 35 years. Wahsayzee will speak about Anishinaabe perspectives of, and encourage us to reframe our relationships to water.

Friday March 26 - Kaliwahele Nen Thohahkw^ht (Matthew Ireland)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST

Kaliwahele is from Oneida Nation of the Thames and will share teachings on his relationships with the maple water, the filtering system of the tree, and how the maple earned its place as “leader of the trees.”
Experienced in tapping trees and boiling sap into syrup, Matt will explain how this process has changed over time, some of the language surrounding the tapping season, and the cosmology surrounding maple sap’s dietary and medicinal uses.


First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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