THPS, Ojibiikens and the High Park Nature Center celebrated Aboriginal Day. We opened with Donna Powless leading us in singing and dancing around a sacred fire, a Welcome in Cayuga by Katsi Lickers, and a participatory Thanksgiving Address led by Wendat Faithkeeper, Catherine Tammaro. Cultural work followed: a nature walk led by Donna Powless, a talking stick workshop by Catherine Tammaro, the planting of beans and squash alongside the corn (planted at our last event) led by Joce-Two Crows Tremblay, beading by Ethan, and sign painting (for the garden) which was quickly diverted by a kiddo friend to a free form all hands in the paint experience! A most beautiful feast followed with venison stew, three sisters soup, wild rice and cranberry salad, strawberries, bannock and scones.
It has come to the attention of THPS that Glyphosate is used in High Park especially concerning the control of the invasive grass called Phragmites. Many Indigenous communities have been resisting pesticide use on the Land as well, many communities are adopting Glyphosate free parks and cities. At this point in time, it is Glyphosate is legal in Canada. Below are a selection of articles about the dangers of Glyphosate.
Where is Glyphosate Banned?
Trappers in Robinson Huron treaty area want aerial herbicide spraying to end – APTN News
Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit
International Agency for Research on Cancer WHO
Herbicide use in forests reduces biodiversity – Williams Lake Tribune
Glyphosate – CNN article
Ban? What ban?
Natural Resources Canada Newman et al 2016
The fourth Full Moon Family Nature Walk in High Park was the largest yet!
Wyandot seated faith keeper, Catherine Tammaro gave wonderful teachings on balance and guided us on connecting to a great black oak and the making of mobiles out of natural materials. Tammaro then conducted a sharing circle where people talked about their mobiles and the meanings that they found through their creation. The mobile sharing was followed by a beautiful feast of three bean salad, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and blueberry juice provided by Ojibiikens with the assistance of Friends of Watkinson Park folks.
After the feast and mobile sharing, we all moved out to the garden where Joce Two Crows Tremblay had created some three sisters mounds. Two-Crows Tremblay guided the group on a corn planting ceremony. Songs were sung and intentions for harmony with nature sent.
Thanks to Donna Powless, director of the THPS, for all her guidance and shared wisdoms. Thanks to Marlene Bluebird Stickings and Ethan who were vigilant firekeepers for the day. Shout out to Lisa Lavoie for all your great spirit and good work to put on this event. Also, to Jon Hayes and Jenny Davis (and their volunteers) from the High Park Nature Center for being amazing hosts and collaborators on this event.
THPS, Ojiibikens and the HPNC are very happy to be working with Zainab Amadahy on the third Family Nature Walk.