Interviewer: Charly Gilpin
Date: March 2018
Collection of the Wemindji Culture and Wellness Department
If I’m not working, I’m out there most of the time than I am in town. We drop off our kids and then out we go.
Most of the time, we go bird hunting. In the winter, it’s bird hunting, moose hunting, collecting firewood, or just enjoying the view, driving around, enjoying being out there than being here.
Well, during goose break, every year I go for goose break and I never missed a year. Before I actually started hunting, I used to be with my grandmother, walking everywhere. After my grandmother, it was my father. But most of the time when I was with them, it was just out at our camp, up on the road. And out here (in the bay) it now it’s just my brothers or just me. When I go, I go alone sometimes because I have no one to go with.
Doing nothing, just staying in town, you don’t learn nothing that way. I learned just by watching, going with people, I didn’t really do anything at first, just watching as they’re trapping. Even our kids, we started bringing them out early. Already my daughter wants to be a hunter, her too (some laughter). She makes bannock. She makes a better bannock than I do (more laughter). She’s a little baker.
Being in town, there are a lot of distractions. But being out there, there’s no technology, no drugs, no alcohol. So there, you have nothing else to do except try to learn how to trap.
I’m kind of happy when I’m out there. It clears my mind.