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Nehiyaw/Cree woman shares traditional teachings to inspire path forward to fight climate change – CBC

Dec 03, 2021

Jordyn Burnouf says it is our duty to protect the land

A Saskatchewan woman says stewardship of land is a key piece of reconciliation and fighting climate change.

Jordyn Burnouf’s deep connection to the land came early in life. She has many childhood memories of picking berries in the bush with her kokum. Valuable teachings were passed on in those moments, including a responsibility to protect the land.

“Conservation is a foundational tenet of Indigenous worldview,” she said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski. “In Indigenous knowledge systems, you don’t take more than you need.”

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