- Nishnawbe Aski Nation, 2005 -
I was born in the bush and I grew up in the bush. My father killed or trapped a variety of different animals and birds. My mother caught the fish in nets, which they had set, and she collected berries and other foods from the land. My older brothers also killed lots of different kinds of birds. So I remember eating all kinds of country food. There were ducks and geese, partridge, sturgeon and whitefish, pickerel and pike. There were moose and sometimes caribou. There were muskrats, beavers and bears. And we ate almost every part of the birds, fish and animals. There were berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other berries that grew on bushes. There were different kinds of roots, ferns, wild onions and bulrush roots. And all of it tasted so good with the blueberry bannock that my mother used to make.