Forest Field & Freshwater Food Sources

The forest, field, and freshwater foods of the Manitoulin district are living beings and relatives that are sacred to the Anishnabe. Our non-human kin are a living relation with their own spirits, histories, and knowledge to share. Mshiikenh Mnis Wenjiing is a specialized branch within Local Food Manitoulin that focuses on revitalizing and enhancing existing connections with the knowledge and nourishment that these food sources have to share.


As we continue to connect and learn from our local Elders and Knowledge Keepers, we have created an ongoing list of gifts that can be harvested from each of the food sources within Manitoulin and Areas. We incorporate the harvested gifts in our program workshops and distribute them to families and communities upon request. If you are interested in adding your knowledge of local foods into the following list, feel free to contact us. 




Forest Food Sources

  • Deer

  • Moose

  • Bear
  • Grouse
  • Rabbit
  • Sap
  • Maple syrup
  • Chokecherries 
  • Hazelnuts
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Fiddle heads
  • Leeks

Field Food Sources

  • Staghorn Sumac
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Chokecherries
  • Hawthorne Berries
  • Elderberries 
  • Puffball Mushrooms
  • Apples
  • Pears

Freshwater Food Sources

  • Beaver
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Whitefish

  • Walleye

  • Pike

  • Small mouth bass

  • Large mouth bass

  • Sucker

  • Smelts

  • Perch

  • Crayfish

  • Ling

  • Cattails

  • Wild Rice