Winter Harvesting with a Cree Hunter
“This is my ancestor’s land and I am still living and hunting here. Making a living from the outdoors has always been my livelihood. Hunting, trapping and fishing have always been my way of life.
My father died when I was one year of age. I was raised by my mother but I learned how to be a hunter and trapper from others in my community.
It was a Cree Elder who taught me the many ways to trap. My older brother-in-laws taught me how to hunt moose and how to chase and catch lynx on snowshoes.
There are many different styles of hunting and I was lucky enough to learn from many different people.
I was also taught that whatever we harvest from the land we share. Especially with those in the community who can’t hunt for themselves and are desperate for wild food.
The livelihood is very important. We believe that the livelihood of a traditional hunter was given by The Creator. The Creator gave him that life to live. That is why I highly honour and respect the traditional way of life.”