How a conflict over wild ricing on Pigeon Lake is drawing attention to Indigenous rights and traditional foods.
Owners of cottages near Canada’s Pigeon Lake have a bone to pick with James Whetung.
For years, Whetung has been seeding the lake with wild rice. He harvests the crop and then sells packaged products through his company, Black Duck Wild Rice. But some cottage owners aren’t happy.
Pigeon Lake is one of the 250 lakes and waterways in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario, Canada. Located two hours east of Toronto, it is a popular destination for summer getaways, fishing, hiking, recreational boating, and building cottages.