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‘The trees are dying’: Climate change affecting a Mi’kmaq tradition says canoe maker – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 2019198 Views

July 10, 2019

Todd Labrador, a canoe maker in Nova Scotia says climate change is affecting his family’s traditional practice.

For generations, Labrador and his family, who are from Kespukwitk in traditional Mi’kma’ki territory, have been making birch bark canoes.

The birch tree gives bark, medicine and wood.

But he says Mother Nature is changing – there are fewer trees and animals.

“When I would harvest, you knew from the fire flies came out in June, after that you would harvest summer bark,” says Labrador.

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