My name is Ganao Fred-Cranmer and I am 13 years old, I am from the Namgis and Tseshaht First Nations and I was born in Victoria BC.
I must have been about 7 or 8 years old when my Grandmother (I call her Ada) asked me if I wanted to pick blackberries with her. I said yes! I don’t really know where we were but it must have been in the Sooke or Saanich area because I remember driving for quite awhile. Then we stopped at a field and we got out of the truck and walked for a bit, we came to a little pathway surrounded by dry grass and weeds. We walked through and around a big tree and then I saw a huge bush with tons of Blackberries! After about 2 or 3 hours of picking we went back to my Ada’s house and she told me we were going to make them into black berry pie! I was so excited.
First we cleaned and strained all of the blackberries and put them in a big bowl. We put them aside so we could made the dough. I remember there being a lot of flour when we were rolling the dough out. After the dough was nice and thin, we put it on a pie plate and scooped tons of berries into the plate and covered it with more flat dough and put it in the oven. After it was nice and cooled off, we ate it. It was so yummy! I love making pie with my Ada! But eating it is my favorite part.
I love making homemade things, sometimes it hard to find good food that comes from the land of our origin considering how we live today. In the times we live in now we can just go to a grocery store or a restaurant for our food, but what about the natural sources from which they come? I think we should take much better care of our earth than we do now. And what I mean by “take care” is less garbage everywhere and more clean lands and oceans. What we have hundreds of years from now will depend on what we have today, and how we take care of it.