Sean Murray, Thunder Bay

Sean Murray
 
 
"[The unpredictable climate] gives me anxiety, especially for the sap runs. I am invested emotionally in what I do, and I want my kids and grandkids to experience it."

 

Sean Murray, Thunder Bay

Sean Murray works as a cooper at Fort William Historical Park, and is also one of the entrepreneurs behind Nor'Wester Maple Company. Sean lives in Thunder Bay. He hunts, fishes, traps and practices traditional skills. 

Sean has observed warming temperatures, increasing numbers of deer, warming water temperatures that impact brook trout, and January (or mid-winter) thaws. 

The unpredictable winters worry him. "This gives me anxiety, especially for the sap runs. This is stressful. Is my sap going to run this weekend? Or not?" He wants to be able to pass on the skills he learned from his father and grandfather. He shared, "I am invested emotionally in what I do, and I want my kids and grandkids to experience it. Moose hunting is one of my favorite memories, when my dad and uncles and I were all together. That was all their meat for some of my uncles. For indigenous folks too, wild food is key. It is a necessity, but it is also culturally important."