Rewilding Rice

June 15th 2021. 12:00 to 13:00
Rewilding Rice: Indigenous Connections to Ravines

Tuesday, June 15 
12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

For centuries the ravine wetlands, rivers, and creeks in Tkaronto were once used for substance and nourishment by Indigenous Peoples. In a time when the landscape is strikingly different, what are some of the measures we can take collectively to repair the damage?

Rewilding Rice: Indigenous Connections to Ravines, is an exploratory discussion focused on Indigenous storytelling and practices centred on wild rice as ceremony, food and social interaction.

Through storytelling, we will share how re-wilding rice connects Indigenous communities to food sovereignty by revitalizing our traditional knowledge and using it to restore our traditional food sources. Growing wild rice in containers shifts the belief that wild rice can only be grown in nature. Learn how Indigenous communities are taking back control amid the destruction of wetlands due to climate crisis and human destruction, and how allies can engage and support this work appropriately.

This virtual talk will be available across Canada.

Dr. Debby Wilson Danard, (PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed) Anishinaabekwe, Ogitchidaakwe, sturgeon clan, and member of Rainy River First Nations. She is a Traditional Knowledge Practitioner, teacher, artist, water protector & Life Promotion Ambassador. Debby currently holds a University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women and Gender Studies.

Isaac Crosby is a community educator from a small farming community south of Windsor called Harrow. He is proud to share histories of his Ojibwa/ Black Canadian heritage. Isaac studied Landscape Horticulture Tech at Humber College and is currently Program Coordinator/Urban Agriculture lead hand at Evergreen Brick Works, where he grows great crops, to teach others and do his part in saving the earth.

Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross is Anishinaabe Ojibwe from Bkejwanong and St. Vincentian; he is an Ontario Certified teacher with over 20 years of communications, journalism, and marketing experience working with First Nation communities and organizations. He recently joined The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Foundation where he continues to share his love of teaching that informs learning and relationship building on the history of Canada.