Henry Lickers

F. Henry Lickers is a member of Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan. He has been married for 49 years and has three grown children and two grandchildren. He has been the Director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Department of the Environment for 33 years and is now the Environmental Science Officer the past 8 years. During this time, he has been principle investigator on the EAGLE (Effects on Aboriginals in the Great Lakes Environment) Project and the Naturalized Knowledge Systems Project and the First Nation’s Community Health Indicators Project, all of these projects are investigating First Nations Environmental issues. He was also one of the contributors to the First Nation Environment Assessment Toolkit for Ontario, Chiefs of Ontario.

Respecting Food Sources: Everyone’s Responsibility

Indigenous Peoples believe that responsibility is the best practice. Understanding why food resources and the land are important to indigenous peoples, understanding our responsibility to the land and indigenous lifestyle. As the lifestyle of the Canadian society grows farther and farther away from the environment, the society does less and less to protect the land and its producers. Industrial practices become more and more demanding with less and less regard for the life that is sustained by the land. The move away from responsible practices on land is making harder and harder to maintain the society as we want it. In desperation we turn to rights and laws to protect us but these laws are only made to protect minimally. Aboriginal practices and our knowledge of the land may help the greater society understand its responsibilities to the land. The Aboriginal way of looking at the land in this time of dramatic change may assist Canadian society to understand some of the principles need to protect the Mother Earth.