Harvesting the Sap to Make Syrup and Sugar

Campers keep traditions alive in the annual harvest.

Fond du Lac band members and others in the community have been camping out to celebrate the collection of maple sap.

The sap is then boiled to make sugar and syrup.

Campers spent the day enjoying meals of wild rice and fry bread. It gave many a chance to remember the ways of their forefathers and keep cultural traditions alive.

“Well we’re making sugar is what we’re doing but the reason we’re making sugar is because that’s what we do as Anishinaabemowin people,” said Winona LaDuke.

The Sugarbush Action Camp is on the Fond du Lac reservation.

The camp will run until the sap collection is complete. The camp borders the Enbridge pipeline corridor.

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