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HEALING CIRCLE RUN 2015 Healing Circle Run It is said that healing begins with the individual. Once the individuals have healed they can help to heal a family. Once a family has healed a community can heal. The 2015 Healing Circle Run broke away after a beau- tiful ceremony at Pipestone Creek in Lac Courte Oreilles Wisconsin. Core runners began the first leg to Lac du Flam- beau covering the first stretch of the seven-legged journey that connects eight tribal communities. This year runners from all the various communities really stepped up and took on more miles than usual. Its such a beautiful thing to see so many people work together. Its also incredible to see intergenerational participation in the run. Mole Lake tribal member Robert Van Zile speaks of his granddaughtersparticipation in the run. They do the Healing Circle Run because they enjoy running. They like who they are and this is good for their identity as Anishi- naabekwewag. We spend the miles talking laughing and expressing ourselves in Ojibwemowin. Every morning and evening ceremony brought some- thingunique.Whetheritwaswordsofencouragementthings to ponder or random acts of kindness everything came together as it was supposed to be. Lac Courte Oreilles tribal member Jenny Schlender reminisces I do the run because I know that every year I get the opportunity to strengthen my mind and body as we offer our prayers with each mile. Its a chance to be with family and to do something positive for our communities. Each year that we do the run we not only get to remember the years prior but we get to make new memories that carry us to the next year. The run coordinators and GLIFWC staff would like to acknowledgeeachcommunityfortheirwonderfulhospitality and participation. Wed like to extend a big chi miigwech to all core runners walkers participants and kind people encountered along the way. Everyones efforts helped make the circle complete. Plan to join the runwalk next year. The 2016HealingCircleRunisanannualeventscheduledtostart on July 9 next summer and follow the course concluding at the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation on July 15. Joinus.Itsgoodmashkikimedicineforbodyandsoul Healing begins with the individual By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer Upper left Group of runners starting from Pipestone Creek in Lac Courte Oreilles Wisconsin. Everyone is ready to put in some miles. Bottom left Even the young ones are eager to help walk a few miles. Jayda Schlender and Lovie VanZile do a mile carrying the runners staffs all the while carrying a smile. Bottom right Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Chairman Mic Isham starts the 2015 Healing Circle Run as he proudly carries the Jim Schlender Sr. zaagajiiwe Eagle Feather Staff. photos by Dylan Jennings 1842cededterritories.Someofthetargetedspeciesincludeaninaatigsugarmaple wiigwaasaatig paper birch zhigaagawanzh wild leekramp giizhik northern white cedar wiigob basswood zhingob balsam fir odeimin strawberry waagaag ostrich fern and miskomin raspberry. Traditionalknowledgewillbecollectedthroughinterviewswithtribalgather- ers to gain a better understanding of how climate change may impact traditional harvesting. Two study sites have been established one in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest CNNF and a second in the Penokee Range in Iron County Wis- consin. These sites were chosen in part because they are protected from timber harvest and are representative of other regions where Anishinaabe gatherers have exercised their treaty rights to gather resources. The overall goal of the phenology study is to gather baseline data to look at trends in the phenology of these species over time. This will help GLIFWC better understand whether climate change will impact traditional tribal gathering. The climate change program will also depend on traditional ecological knowledge TEK from GLIFWC member tribes to learn more about these species and how their phenology may have influenced cultural traditions and stories in the past. The program will use cutting-edged climate data to understand what climate change in the Ceded Territories may look like in the future so tribal members can adapt to changes that seem inevitable and work to prevent those that could be avoidable. As the program continues GLIFWC will use research results to help guide management strategies and create adaptation plans for tribal resources in the Ceded Territories. Interested in watching the seasonal changes Use the Phenology Calendar included in this issue of Mazinaigan. Studying the phenology of traditionally gathered plants How to use the Phenology Calendar To use the Phenology Calendar write down any interesting changes that you see happening in nature throughout the seasons. For example you could write first ripe blueberries on the date that you notice the first ripe blueberries at your favorite patch. You might see other changes when youre in the woods in your yard or on your way to work or school. Use the events we listed as a way to start thinking of different observations you can make throughout the year. Since space is limited on the GLIFWC Phenology Calendar consider writing down your observations in a journal or notebook. Have fun observing the natural world PAGE 19 MAZINAIGANWINTER 2015-16 Continued from page 7