Fabulous fiddleheads!

Labrador tea, high-bush cranberry, chanterelle mushroom Strawberries, fiddle heads, blueberries

Fabulous fiddleheads!

Over the weekend, vibrant and enthusiastic community members came together to participate in a delightful fiddlehead harvest, filling the air with excitement and fostering a sense of togetherness. Held amidst the greenery of a local forest, this event celebrated the unique charm and culinary delight offered by these delectable springtime delicacies.

Fiddleheads, the curled young fronds of ostrich ferns, are prized for their tender texture and distinct flavor. Known for their brief harvesting season, this gathering provided an opportunity for residents to connect with nature and partake in a shared experience centered around these edible treasures.

The event kicked off by mid-morning, with participants equipped with paper bags, ready to embark on a quest for fiddleheads. Guided by Ni Dakinans foragers, the community set out to explore the forest’s hidden corners, carefully selecting the finest specimens. The event became an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the environment and share their knowledge, fostering a sense of connection and appreciation for the natural world.

The attendees had the opportunity to savor the flavorsome fresh fiddleheads, conversations buzzed with an appreciation for the bounties of nature and the power of communal effort. Many expressed gratitude for the opportunity to partake in a sustainable and locally sourced feast, nurturing both body and soul.

This community fiddlehead harvest event not only brought neighbors together but also reinforced a sense of pride in the region’s natural resources. It served as a reminder of the importance of preserving and cherishing the environment that sustains us, fostering a deeper understanding of our connection to the land.

With hearts full and bellies satisfied, the participants bid farewell to the day, carrying with them memories of a joyous and educational experience. The community fiddlehead harvest had not only provided a delectable lunch but had also sowed the seeds of unity, nature appreciation, and a commitment to sustainable living within the community.

Chi Miigwetch to all who attended and made this harvest a success

Planting the Seeds of Cultural Forest Conference

A prominent theme throughout the conference was the importance of Indigenous community engagement in preserving and managing forests. Local leaders from various communities shared their experiences in building strong relationships with nearby forests and discussed the economic opportunities they have created for their residents. From ecosystem services to sustainable forest products & services, these success stories showcased the power of community-driven efforts in achieving both environmental and economic goals.

The conference also highlighted the vital role of local habitats in supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services. Experts presented cases of conservation projects that took into account the needs of both human communities and local wildlife, demonstrating that a holistic approach can yield meaningful results for all stakeholders involved.

Overall, the Cultural Forest Conference was a resounding success, sparking crucial conversations and fostering international collaboration. It served as a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of humans and nature and emphasized the importance of nurturing these relationships for the well-being of both communities and the environment. Participants left with renewed enthusiasm and a wealth of ideas to put into action in their own communities and beyond.

Cultural Forest Knowledge Conference!

The Wild Basket & Ni Dakinan are proud to invite all Timiskaming First Nation members as well as surrounding communities to our cultural forest knowledge conference.

To be hosted March 23-24 at the Riverside place in New Liskeard! For more information please email thewildbasket@atfn.ca

To register, please get your tickets through the eventbright link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-forest-knowledge-confrence-tickets-519047925317?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

The Wild Basket T-Shirts

The wild Basket has made two new designs for our T-Shirts – Harvester in forest green and Saabe in “prairie dust”. Our original design is also now back in stock with all shirt designs ranging from S to 2XL in unisex sizing.

NIIBI by the Wild Basket

We have released a new carbonated water line in January of 2022. There are two flavours: Raspberry/Labrador Tea and Sumac. There will be a new flavour released Fall of 2022. You can purchase Carbonated Water at Widjikiwe Gas Bar in Timiskaming First Nation/Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Qc.

Chuck and the First People’s Kitchen

The Wild Basket was featured on APTN’s Show, Chuck and the First People’s Kitchen. You can watch the episode at APTN Lumi