Family Nature Walk in High Park

This weekend, THPS, Ojiibikens and High Park Nature Centre completed the first of four Indigenous led nature walks. The walk was led by Donna Powless who did medicine wheel teachings and gave plant knowledge. Also in attendance was  Catherine Coming Day Tammaro who offered Moon teachings, Joce Two Crows Tremblay who did a Pipe Ceremony, Coyote Watson who kept the sacred Fire, and Jennifer Lafontaine who made Three Sisters soup and blueberry bannock also followed by teachings and kid play.

Indigenous and non-indigenous, chosen and related families joined us on this wintery day within the time of the February full moon for a sacred fire, teachings, ceremony and play. Songs were sung, wooden medallions were painted with different medicine wheel interpretations and then strung with two row color beads, a delicious feast was eaten, and then more songs, drumming and play going well past our scheduled time!

This event was a significant step in THPS’s work, alongside other Indigenous People/s and groups to further the Indigenization of the High Park lands, which are  significant and sacred to the Haudenosaunee people.

Thank you to all the Indigenous families and people who showed up and shared the medicine of your being – this event was for you and for everyone who holds these sacred lands with love.

Thank-you to all the volunteers, and to Nature Centre staff, Jon, Jenny and Emily, who provided great settler ally support to this event. Thank you to Lisa Lavoie and Susan More from Red Wagon Collective for helping out as well.

Please join us for our next walk:

led by Elder, Blu Waters
Saturday, March 16
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

 

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Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society back to work!

After the passing of  David Redwolf (Rastia’ta’non:ha) who was a central force in the work of the THPS it has taken some time to for the THPS to regroup and be publicly active. Much of the activity is to monitor the mounds, to keep them clean of litter and watch for erosion as well as having ceremony for the ancestors. However, the THPS is gearing up for a new phase. We are working on a pamphlet which outlines the Indigenous history of the park and area, hoping to continue with the archeological work to have the mounds recognized in a good way, as well as manifesting new future projects. The website will also be re-activated as David had collected many files containing knowledge of mounds and their builders which we will continue to archive on the site.

Snake Mound New Fence Looking North July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking North July 10, 2011