Native speaker advises youth media camp at Lac Courte Oreilles

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (NFICTV)

Gordon Jourdain grew up in the Ontario bush of Canada. He didn't speak English until he was six years old. Jourdain is going back for his teaching degree at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin.

During August he served as the cultural consultant for a Native Media Camp at the Lac Courte Oreilles Community College on the LCO Ojibwe Reservation. The focus was on global climate change and its impact on the wild rice or (manohmin.) The concern is drought will force wild rice to move.

Jourdain mentions the water this year on the Kakagon Slough near the Bad River on the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation of northern Wisconsin. After a several year drought, the water is up, and the crop is abundant again, bringing back plentiful wild rice to feed families.

"If the rice moves due to climate change we will follow the rice."

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