Water is Life

This piece is part of the Virtual Water Gallery, a project funded by the Global Water Futures program. Interlacing arts, science, and perspectives for explorations in indigenous water management This is an artistic collaboration between Mushkego (Cree) artist Patrick Cheechoo and Rebeka Ryvola, in partnership with the Matawa Water Futures research team, Sarah Cockerton, Laura … Read more

Living with Us… Lichen (Wah’kon ᐗᑯᓐ )

The forest is such a diverse place, filled with plants, animals, fungi (mushrooms) and some very important organisms called lichen. An interesting and mutual relationship between algae (or cyanobacteria) and a variety of different fungi create this plant-like form that can be found worldwide.  The algae part of the lichen photosynthesizes, meaning that it collects … Read more

Living With Us… Deer Species (Mooz, Atik & Wawashkeshii)

There are three deer species in northern Ontario: moose, woodland caribou and white-tailed deer.  All three species have brown fur, split hooves, temporary antlers and eat only plants, but their preferred menu and habitats are different.  Moose, who prefer to live near lakes, ponds and streams in the boreal forest, enjoy eating lilies, pondweed, willow/birch … Read more

Living with Us… Woodland Caribou (Atik)

Woodland Caribou are the largest caribou found in Canada.  In the winter they eat mainly lichen, which they are able to sniff out using their great sense of smell.  In the summer they eat moss, plants, grass, and willow leaves.  Woodland caribou need large areas of undisturbed old-growth forests and wetlands, where they can easily … Read more