A Perspective on Spirituality and the Environment from Haida Gwaii

The following quotes are from April Churchill published in a Globe and Mail Panel titled “FAITH EXCHANGE: Nature in harmony with faith” facilitated by Guy Nicholson.  April Churchill is the Vice President of the Haida Nation.

The Haida culture is based in our spiritual, mental and physical relationship to the land, waters and all life forces. The very core of our culture is our spiritual connections, which govern our use of the Creator’s gifts.

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We well know the sweat of our brow. We follow our ancient harvest calendar to provide for self and community. Harvesting, preparing and preserving for the year takes a great deal of work and community effort from the spring through winter. On Haida Gwaii, our people are working intimately with all life forms: seaweeds, clams, cockles, all species of fish, sea cucumber, geoduck, mussels, octopus, to name a few of the ocean foods. The forest gifts include trees, medicines, berries and greens.

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