Philip McGuire, Red Rock

Philip McGuire
 
 
"You don't know what is going to happen one day to the next. Are you going to have a really bad storm, something you've never seen before? In the end you're losing what you have, and you don't want to do that. What I believe is that you're trying to protect what you have. Because it's a really interesting world." 

 

Philip McGuire, Red Rock

Philip McGuire is a Métis hunter, ice fisherman, guide, and blueberry picker. He operates a small greenhouse operation on his land outside of Red Rock. Philip has noticed many climate-related changes in the region: less cold weather and snow in the winter, more extreme weather, and fewer moose. Philip says of his lifestyle and identity, "We love the animals and respect them. This is because we've lived on the land in the bush our whole lives. So we see things and understand things that others don't." 

Philip reflects on the changing winters, "Sometimes years ago it would be minus 30 for the whole month of January with no breaks. But it seems like this last while it has been pretty mild. And then the storms seem to be getting more severe too. I mean, if you have milder winters, you're not going to complain. Those really, really cold winters are not nice. You know? So that doesn't really bother me. But it bothers me that it's happening."

These changes bothers Philip primarily because they are unpredictable. He says, "You don't know what is going to happen one day to the next. Are you going to have a really bad storm, something you've never seen before? In the end you're losing what you have, and you don't want to do that. So what I believe is that you're trying to protect what you have. Because it's a really interesting world." Philip also says that the most important thing he worries about are his food sources: the water, land, fish and animals of the region. 

Philip shares that people in his community talk a lot about weather and the changing climate. Philip says, "The first thing you talk about is the weather. That's the way it is around here. Weather is the first point of conversation. Everyone is really aware of the weather every day because [of our lifestyle living on the land]."