Oral Presentation Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

Improving our collective wellbeing: Learning from the Indigenous seeds of wisdom (#50)

Andrew B Judge 1
  1. College of the Rockies, Kimberley, BC, Canada

After founding a centrally located food and medicine garden on the campus of Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada, Indigenous wisdom of the forest began to be revealed. In this presentation, participants will learn about forest and seed wisdom guided by teachings from Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Huron Elders of the Great Lakes. Through subtle manipulations of their environments, biologically diverse and sustainable habitats took shape. With Oak Savanna’s in the South Central Interior, Tobacco in the east, vast ricing lakes in the West, and corn, bean, and squash fields adapted to variable climates throughout, wellbeing and nutritional security became custom. Intense agricultural and harvest practices were guided by a philosophy of ‘‘learning together, while doing’’ and ensured sustainable thriving for generations. Together we can improve the wellbeing of our future as we remember, plant, and share Indigenous seeds of wisdom.