The second in a series of weekly stories about Wabanaki elders — knowledge keepers, teachers, healers and spiritual guides — who have made remarkable contributions in their own communities and beyond.
Cecilia Brooks is an elder of Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaq, Mohawk and Korean ancestry who calls St. Mary’s First Nation home. She specializes in traditional plant knowledge.
Brooks grew up in different countries because her dad was in the U.S. military.
He was her first teacher of traditional Wolastoqey knowledge, but she got her first taste of foraging from her Korean mom.
Wild plants are a big part of the Korean diet, said Brooks.
The following link takes you to STAO’s Indigenous Peoples’ Curriculum resources that were developed in partnership with FNMI EAO, some of which speak to wild rice (primary and junior activities), which she references in her interview: https://stao.ca/resource/indigenous-peoples-curriculum-resources/.