The Niagara Escarpment Bioregion has been at least 450 million years in the making and a sacred site of human activity for 15,000 years.
I am grateful to call this land home. Something special lies along this section of the Niagara Escarpment in the Beaver Valley; a special energy synthesized by the trees, rocky outcroppings and river running through it. The steep slopes are the edge of an ancient sea, complete with the fossil records imprinted on the limestone bluffs. The eastern white cedar remains an iconic species of the region, growing in both lowland swamps and clinging to the escarpment cliffs - ancient ones living upwards of 1500 years. Our great ancestors are everywhere.
This upper part of the Valley around Kimberley feels clean, with less intensive agriculture, more abundant water and healthy biological diversity. I hope we are able to preserve this abundance, collectively, and create a resilient socio-ecological fabric that honours and includes all people, and all forms of Nature. I am thankful to be one of many stewards of these lands and grateful to all those that have been indigenous to this land before me.
Ontario's Niagara Escarpment is within the historical territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Today, the Great Lakes / Niagara Escarpment Bioregion is still the home to many indigenous people from across Turtle Island as well as newcomers from across the planet. As a descendent of European settlers, I am an equally integral part of the diversity, but it is important for me to recognize Canada's colonial past and support an ongoing participatory process of truth and reconciliation, social and environmental justice for all.
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