Earth Day

It’s Earth Day 2022! I took some time to reflect on what ways I #InvestInOurPlanet and it turns out, there are a lot of ways! Some things come second nature as an Indigenous person still living in the territory I was raised in. Indigenous people all over the world are the original stewards of the land (OG, if you wanna feel fancy). Sustaining ourselves by using the natural elements provided by land, sea, and sky, and respecting that relationship, is what helps us thrive today.

Here are some things that I routinely do to lessen the burden on mother earth:

Thrifted clothing – swap system. I purchase second hand when available. If I buy something new, I donate several existing items from my closet to those in need.

Use reusable straws – This one was a no-brainer, but most of the time I don’t use straws at all!

BYOB – Invested in a good water bottle and refill with tap water vs. buy bottled water.

Consuming wild-foods and preserves – Regularly blessed with food from the land from my family. This could mean bottled jam, pickles, beets, moose, smoked salmon, salt cod, etc.

Using reusable bags – Also a no-brainer! Less waste in the landfill, and if they get dirty, you just wash them out and air dry!

Auto-shut off in my SUV – My Trailblazer has an auto-shutoff function that will kill the engine when idling for extended periods of time!

Turning off the lights in unoccupied rooms – Ghosts aren’t afraid of the dark… 😉

Using locally made bath and body products – I see you Spruced Up with your shampoo bars and bath bombs!

Recycling – We recycle all possible forms of bottles/cans. Unfortunately my area does not have a paper/cardboard recycling program as of yet.

Reusing – Whenever purchased items or gifts are packaged in something that can be utilized in an alternate way, we like that! i.e., that plastic heart shaped chocolate box? It holds jewellery now! The wooden crate that clementines arrived in? Keeps select books grouped together!

Crafting – Instead of buying cheaply made plastic products, I try my best to use materials I already own or can be locally sourced to create handmade gifts.

There are tons little ways that you can help the environment, and once you start, you really don’t even notice you’re doing it. How will you #InvestInOurPlanet?

Love,
M.

Hot July

It’s not a new discovery or anything, but I really despise the heat of summer. I’d take a blizzard over +30s like it has been for a few days this week. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this overwhelmed by the temperature, I actually slept on my bedroom floor with Grace.

Some recent events: 
– I was made assistant manager at my workplace, which is cool because I’ve only been there a month so far. Must be doing something right!
– NunatuKavut received some amazing news regarding land claim agreements which I was so happy to have been witness to.
– Also NunatuKavut related, I got my salmon tags and am going fishing next weekend!
– My Avro has new tires and a gel seat cover so I’ve been enjoying more rides in the last couple weeks than I probably accomplished all last summer.
– I bought an aloe vera plant and it makes me happy just looking at it
– I decided I wanted to live life more minimalist so I spent a week going through all of my possessions and had a giant yard sale. I now have significantly more space, feel better, and made +$500!

That’s it for now. Here’s a few pictures from my recent excursions.

Love,
M.

NunatuKavut

I’m not sure if I mentioned this in any other blog post, but I am a member of NunatuKavut, formerly named the Labrador Metis. I’m in the process of writing a research paper on NunatuKavut and I am looking for some direction. I’d like to know if any of you are familiar with the group – and if so, do you know of any resources (books, articles, recordings) that would help me out with my paper?

Shamefully, I don’t know a lot about this group that I belong to; but I can tell you one thing, and that’s what I do know I’m proud of.

I noticed today that I have 112 people following my blog via email. I wouldn’t have noticed that except I added the ‘follow blog via email’ widget today and was blown away! Thank you for following me.

I’m off to do a little research for this paper & come up with a topical outline for what I’m going to write. When it’s finished, I’ll upload a copy in a new page I will be titling “Works”.

Here are some links to stories I’ve written recently:

No two photographers are alike

Corner Brook blog takes home best overall blog award

Author overwhelmed by his ‘awesome’ success

Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday, and all the best for the coming week.

M.