WASPU is the Mi’kmaq word for Seal
In Indigenous culture, the seal represents imagination, creativity, trust, and integrity
For hundreds of years Indigenous cultures of Newfoundland and Labrador have relied upon seals. Within the spirit of this Seal, we see the ancient Mi’kmaq Eight-Pointed Star with the four direction colours symbolizing diversity and inclusiveness of all nations on Earth.
Mi’kmaq double curve designs are painted on each side of the Mi’kmaq Star representing balance of nature, environmental conservation, and stewardship.
Logo by local Mi’kmaq artist, Marcus Gosse
Why Seal Oil?
Seal oil contains "healthy fats" known as Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids in seal oil include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA).
Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats that are needed to maintain good health. Our bodies are unable to produce these essential fatty acids, even though they are critical for its proper functioning! Thus, omega-3s must be consumed through food or supplements.
Health benefits associated with Omega-3’s include:
- Decrease risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce or prevent inflammatory diseases i.e. arthritis, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, cancer, skin diseases,depression
- Promote nerve regeneration in patients with type 1 diabetes
- Promote fetal and infant visual and brain development
Research suggests that because seals are mammals, as are humans, seal oil is more easily processed and absorbed by our bodies than Omega-3 fish oils or plant-based omega-3 supplements.
Additionally, seal oil contains a very unique omega-3, DPA, which is not found in fish oil or plant-based supplements. DPA naturally occurs in mother’s breast milk and is proven to have powerful health benefits. DPA is also responsible for increasing the amount of EPA and DHA that the body absorbs.
We do not inherit the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children - Ancient Native Proverb
Where does the profit go?
Seal oil is a natural by-product of a humanely harvested marine food source.
Seals are impacting the survivability of other marine species. The limited harvest off the coasts of Newfoundland has virtually no impact on overall seal populations.
Seals have been harvested by indigenous peoples who have populated Newfoundland and Labrador for thousands of years. The hunting, consumption and diversified usage of seals is interwoven into First Nation people’s heritage, traditions and culture.
All proceeds derived from Waspu Oil are directed back to support our communities and culture.