Zhiiwaagamiziganike. She is making maple syrup.
Join Fond du Lac band members and their allies at the Sugarbush Learning and Action Camp (SLAC), on the Fond du Lac Reservation, next to the Enbridge Mainline pipeline corridor. See map and directions below for detailed location. Honor the Earth is proud to support this project thru our regranting program.
The Sugarbush Learning and Action Camp (SLAC) is an opportunity for people of All Nations to come together on Anishinaabe Akiing (Ojibwe territory) to harvest and boil maple sap to make sugar and syrup. It's a chance to be on the land together, working and living and teaching and learning and honoring the sacred...the forests of the north and the traditional lifeways of the Anishinaabeg. It's a chance to assert our human rights and our treaty-rights, nourish our culture, and build power to protect the land.
Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome. People are working now to setup the camp - cutting and splitting firewood, preparing all the taps and the boiler, and building structures for working/sleeping/cooking. Come help out, share some food, take a turn cooking or feeding the fire. Learn about maple sugaring and the work being done to protect sacred sites, sacred foods, and cultural traditions. Learn a bit of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language). Bring donations. Learn about the pipelines. Stay a few hours, or stay a week. A chance to decolonize. To create a future that honors our relationships with Mother Earth and with one another. Mino bimaadiziwin.
Opening Ceremony and Feast: Sunday, March 6, 1:00pm
Come anytime until the sap stops running and we finish boiling up!!
Access: The only access to the camp is on foot, on a ATV/snowmobile trail for about 1/2 mile, along the Enbridge mainline pipeline corridor and into the forest. The trail will be muddy so wear your rubber boots.
From Cloquet, MN, head west on Big Lake Rd for 7.5 miles. Turn R on Ditchbank Rd, follow for ~1 mile (3000ft). Park on the shoulder of Ditchbank Rd at the pipeline corridor and walk North along the pipeline corridor 1/4 mile. Go PAST the well used trail on the right and continue up the hill. At the sign "Make Sugar Not Oil", turn right on to the trail and walk a half mile East to the camp. See map below.
Check out more photos and share the event on facebook!
What can you bring? Good question! Here is the running list of things that are most appreciated at camp:
Food donations (we also accept cash!)
Hay and feed for horses
1-gallon glass jars for syrup
Enbridge Pipeline Corridor
Google map and directions