Rosalind and Gary Cano, Sioux Narrows

Rosalind and Gary Cano
 
 
"We're seeing more extremes."

 

Rosalind and Gary Cano, Sioux Narrows

Rosalind and Gary Cano are retired, and live on an ice road on a lake north of Sioux Narrows. They trap beaver, ice fish, snowshoe, cross-country ski and hunt. As Gary says, "We're quite tied to the land." 

Rosalind and Gary have noticed several climate-related changes on their property where they've lived on-and-off for the past twenty years: longer shoulder seasons with unreliable ice, extreme torrential rains, fewer moose, and more cloudy days in November and December. 

Gary says, "We're much more aware of the freeze-up and thaw cycle, because it affects our transportation. We need to take a six-kilometer trail to a logging road to get out during the time when the lake is either thawing or freezing. It used to be three weeks between the time you could take your snowmachine across the lake, and then you could but your boat in the winter. Now I'm seeing [the thaw] last up to six weeks in the springtime." Rosalind agrees, and adds that the weather seems more unpredictable and intense, "We're seeing more extremes."

When you think about climate change and its impacts, how do you feel?

Rosalind: "Disappointment. Because we've been doing this since the '70s when I was a teenager. We knew about this a long time ago. That's why I'm disappointed that we haven't gotten a whole lot further than we have. And those that have control and power and could have fixed things a long time ago, but didn't. It's just disappointment with my fellow man. I"m disappointed and everything, but I'm not depressed about it."

Gary: "I'd have to say frustration, and in a way, helplessness. I'm certainly not joyful about climate change."