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Keep Active and Stay Warm

February 10, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – January and February are the coldest months of the year. During the cooler temperatures, I like to spend my time outdoors. I make sure that I’m bundled up and protected from the elements. The windchill temperatures tend to drop to -40 with an average of -20 to -35 degree celsius. I personally embrace the cool weather and snow storms. The winter is a great season with beautiful white snow and most importantly our traditional ceremonies. Throughout the years I’ve attended and conducted ceremonies during the winter months. Traditionally, Anishinaabe people did not travel long distances during the winter months. This allowed for Anishinaabe people to conduct ceremonies. Ceremonies during the winter months are still going on today during the winter months. Our women and grandmothers lead and conduct most ceremonies, while on occasion, men conduct ceremonies. One of my favourite things to do is chop wood. There is nothing like the smell of a fresh wood burning on the fire. I’ve been trained as a young man to chop wood for the ceremony fires. I love doing this today! And not only do I do this for our ceremonies, but I do this to keep warm from the indoor wood stove fire. The cool air doesn’t stop me from chopping wood, in fact, it helps build stronger lungs. Everyone stay safe and stay warm! Miigwech – Makade Mukwa

Last modified: February 10, 2021

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