How can we reciprocate the gifts of the earth?

Image: Colombian cacao as an offering of gratitude after harvesting invasive species for weaving including English Ivy and Morning Glory.

Human faces are so different and you can recognize so many of them. If you can do the same with plants, they can become your friends.” Nancy Turner, Ethnobotanist

Reflections from the Honourable Harvest Protocol and Living in Stolen Land

As an immigrant living on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm/Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh/Squamish and Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ/Tsleil-Waututh Nations, I have developed a strong connection with the land through my relationship with the natural world, especially with native, introduced or invasive plants. The word “unceded” is immediately underlined with red by built-in auto-correct. The word “unceded” is a political term to avoid plainly using the term “stolen”.

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