|My adventure started
when I enrolled into a three-week course (Non Timber Harvest
Products in the Northern Forest) that was offered in our area
in May of 2002 by Keewatin Community College, The Pas, Manitoba
Canada. I always tell others that I was blind and never saw
the opportunities and beauty that Mother Nature provides. When
you live all your life in such a remote
area, you take every thing for granted. This course opened my
eyes taught me to see the beauty and endless possibilities.
We learned how to identify the different uses and to harvest
plants/trees using sustainable techniques that does not impact
long term productivity .We were also taught by an aboriginal
elder to always give offerings for all the things we take from
nature, to respect all living things and most of all to harvest
sustainable so there will be some for next year and generations
to come. The course also provided us to assess the opportunities
of natural resources and to develop entrepreneurial skills that
motivated me into starting my own Home Based Business, than
expanding into Eco Tourism to share my knowledge with others.
The Eco tours and
workshops I offer promote hands on learning experiences. Sharing
knowledge, identification, uses and sustainable harvesting techniques,
a great learning opportunity for anyone that wants to learn
more about the bounties Mother Nature provides.
My Unique craft store promotes products that are natural,
and featuring local aboriginal artisans. I offer products
that promote good health, promote healing and an increased
awareness of spirituality with an appreciation of the beauty
for our natural world. I love being outdoors, exploring, researching
and learning what's in our forests. There's so much yet to
discover, with a creative imagination and of course hard work!
The possibilities and potential are endless.