Submitted by Northern Bruce Truth & Reconciliation Group
The Northern Bruce Truth and Reconciliation Group invites you to join us on Friday July 19th to learn about Saugeen Anishnaabek Perspectives on Coastal Waters. The event will take place at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre Theatre in Tobermory at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm and there is always a big crowd at these events, so come early as seating is limited. It’s free admission and refreshments and conversation to follow.
Speakers are Natasha Akiwenzie from B’agida-waad Alliance and Kathleen Ryan, from Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office.
Why should the health of the coastal waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay be of interest to all of us?
It’s a climate change issue; a land and shoreline issue; an endangered species concern and has far reaching economic consequences. We can’t be complacent and there is a lot to learn from the Anishnaabek perspective which comes from a unique set of learnings and experience. The Northern Bruce community is very fortunate to have Natasha and Kathleen together in one venue bringing us up to date on their important work and inspirational action.
The Bagida’waad Alliance, is a registered not-for-profit corporation, founded in March 2018 by a group of long-time Chippewas of Nawash commercial fishing families. The goals are to research and educate how climate change is affecting the waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, encourage their youth to document the stories of the Elders about the fish, and to do more active stewardship of the lands and waters.
The Coastal Waters Monitoring Program (CWMP) is an initiative that has recently been launched by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. It is intended to help SON understand more about the health and condition and the things that are affecting the near shore areas of SON territory waters. The program will incorporate SON’s Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge to describe the distinct knowledge and understandings that People in the SON Communities have about the environment of their Territory.
The ‘Walk a New Path’ event is one of two education programs presented this summer by the Northern Bruce Truth & Reconciliation Groups with sponsorship from Parks Canada and the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. The second event takes place on August 30th at the Parks Visitor Centre featuring a look at the importance of language and culture.
Mark your calendars for Friday July 19th and Friday August 30th.