By Nikki Auten – Teacher of Indigenous Studies, Environmental Management and Environmental Planning
In today’s world, we are bombarded with concerns of climate change. How are you adapting to these new changes in weather patterns and unpredictable cycles? And what does any of it have to do with a seed sanctuary?
Here at Kenhte:ke Seed Sanctuary, located in Tyendinaga, we grow seeds in order to produce seeds. Seems like an odd concept in a world where we are taught to grow seeds in order to produce food, I know, but hear me out on this.
When we received a collection of seeds from the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary in Kingston, Ontario, we had never heard of a seed sanctuary. It took some time to wrap our minds around the concept really. We had all heard of seed libraries and seed banks, and as Haudenosaunee we also have deeply connected seed networks, but no one knew about a seed sanctuary. So, we took to learning!