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Holding Back the River

Originally published in The Toronto Star

July 8, 2019

It used to be, before the time of barometers and weather instruments, the Cree of James Bay could tell the coming weather by the night stars and moon.

Now, the stars tell a different story than they did in the past. The Elders see stark changes written in the sky.

The winters are shorter and milder. The ice in the river is breaking up faster, more furiously. And the geese are behaving differently. They do not stay as long along the coast before taking flight and leaving for the north.

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