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Protecting Springwater Park-Camp Nibi

Protecting Springwater Park-Camp Nibi

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Published by Bob Challenger
We are strong minded women
who are here to establish a place to
come together to make our nations
stronger by providing spiritual guidance
and traditional role modeling
to benefit all nations. The occupation
is going great and the Ministry
needs to open the gates and allow the disabled and our elders access
to this place as well. We call the place-Springwater
Park-Camp Nibi. We have taken
over the lands of Springwater Provincial
Park which was previously
cared for by the Ministry of Natural
Resources. It was a financial burden
to the Provincial Government which
no longer could afford to assume
the responsibility for the park. Our
objectives are to maintain the park
and create a business for the First
Nations and employment for our
people. The First Nations has many
unique and diverse programs that
will be of benefit to the surrounding
communities. Our unique connection
to the land leads the way to
inventive programs to inform and
establish connection to the wildlife,
forest, lands, water, and air.
Our traditions and culture are to
be shared and our knowledge is to
be passed on so people can relate to
Mother Earth and gain connection
and respect. Our education and the
education of the communities surrounding
our territories will be enhanced
by the unique relationship
we have to discover in one another.
We are strong minded women
who are here to establish a place to
come together to make our nations
stronger by providing spiritual guidance
and traditional role modeling
to benefit all nations. The occupation
is going great and the Ministry
needs to open the gates and allow the disabled and our elders access
to this place as well. We call the place-Springwater
Park-Camp Nibi. We have taken
over the lands of Springwater Provincial
Park which was previously
cared for by the Ministry of Natural
Resources. It was a financial burden
to the Provincial Government which
no longer could afford to assume
the responsibility for the park. Our
objectives are to maintain the park
and create a business for the First
Nations and employment for our
people. The First Nations has many
unique and diverse programs that
will be of benefit to the surrounding
communities. Our unique connection
to the land leads the way to
inventive programs to inform and
establish connection to the wildlife,
forest, lands, water, and air.
Our traditions and culture are to
be shared and our knowledge is to
be passed on so people can relate to
Mother Earth and gain connection
and respect. Our education and the
education of the communities surrounding
our territories will be enhanced
by the unique relationship
we have to discover in one another.

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May 2013 – First Nations Drum
O
ntario has a very large numberof tribes, natives, indigenouspopulations that have survived allforms of deceit so far from non na-tive policies, agendas and activities. Yet the way things are going non na-tives might not survive from the de-ceit of their own agendas. With theabundance of farmland which pro-duces a rich supply of fresh food forOntario why sell this fast green beltand parklands, to hungry develop-ers for huge profits.Seeing how Ontario is full of richfarmland so is the province withadequate parklands, watersheds,marshland which too is under ex-treme threat by developers. Notonly are natural spaces and naturalenvironment used by the farmersand the public but the indigenouspeople of Ontario are maintainingtheir way of life and culture with avigorous restoration and resurgencethrough education ,sharing ,healingand ceremony. Why is there sucha threat to natural environment/Mother Earth and those who try tolive with green space and try to pro-tect other life, animals, birds, fish,and insects which are our relations?They say the Bumble Bee is threat-ened and if we loss them it couldbring about a human disaster whyis this so hard to believe?There is an incredible ever grow-ing interest and need by the publicwhich enjoy and visit native POWwows and cultural events in On-tario and through out Canada to-day! In fact there is a link with POWwows, green spaces native cultureand parklands. Nothing is more im-portant today then healing, healthand peace in tranquil environmentespecially for native and non nativeyouth who many are suffering fromstress.Ontario and Canada could be in adouble crisis if rich parklands farm-lands water ways which surroundcities and reservations are exploitedor mismanaged. The SpringwaterProvincial Park has been cut fund-ing from parklands Ontario. Spring-water is between Barrie Ontarioand the Great Georgian Bay home tothe Great Ojibwa Nation, Mohawks,Wendat, Huron, Métis and manyother indigenous people not to men-tion non natives and everyone’schildren. The way Ontario is head-ed if Parklands like Springwater areclosed down our sanctuaries will beneglected or possibly sold to build500 thousand dollar condos similarto the way Beaver Pond Forest wasattacked and destroyed only 2 yearsago in Kanata near Ottawa.Beaver Pond Forest was defend-ed by native elders the late Grand-father William Commanda, BobLovelace, Daniel Bernard, myself and native and non native citizenswith environmentalists even somescientists helped out and many morebut with closed eyes from all levelsof government. Beaver Pond Forestwas mainly all clear cut. Not onlywas Beaver Pond Forest cut downbut it was an ancient old growthforest was cut down! Hundreds of non natives rallied with natives ina struggle which we close our eyesin shame at all levels of governmentin Ottawa for not listening to thepeople and standing up while therewas still hope for the trees and lifespecies.With this lesson and there aremany more we as Ontarians mustnever allow such atrocities to everhappen again. Springwater Provin-cial Park with fresh aquifers shoot-ing out from Mother Earths bellymust remain a funded Provincial
Ojibway Elder Beth Elson Leads inDefending Springwater Provincial Park
Story and photos by Danny Beaton |
www.dannybeaton.ca
Krystyna Holly Brown (left) and Beth Elson (right) at Springwater Provincial Park
photo by Danny Beaton May 2013

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