Planting the seeds for healing and reconciliation – National Observer

November 15th 2021

Eastern white cedar towers high, forming a protective circle around moss, fungi and grasses in The Healing Place. Sweetgrass rustles in the wind, and the wind itself creates a sweet harmony to match the breath of sugar maples. At its heart, a brilliant bed of strawberries symbolizes the connection between mind, body, and spirit. The Healing Place aims to teach people that reconciliation goes beyond just people, and involves the land and biodiversity as well.

As the Pope prepares to visit Canada with what First Nations communities are hoping is an apology, many thoughts are turning to the continued need to heal. Projects like The Healing Place provide a source of inspiration. Supported by Plenty Canada, The Healing Place is a grassroots community project on Mohawk and Algonquin land at South Nation Conservation, a 50-minute drive south of Ottawa.

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