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