Despite colonial attacks, Indigenous peoples have preserved our principles of living in harmony with the land.

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Participants in Reclaiming our Roots’ land-based learning programs picking cranberries in Nova Scotia (Photo courtesy Reclaiming our Roots)

When I was a child, my father would tell me awe-inspiring stories about Chief Raoni, the head of the Kayapo people who has led the struggle against the exploitation of their land in Brazil. I was fortunate to meet Chief Raoni when my father and the Innu nation of Québec invited him to speak about Indigenous rights and protecting the boreal forest. One of my fondest memories is of touring Montreal’s Biodôme with him. In the lush and warm tropical rainforest exhibit, he walked right off the path marked for visitors. …

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