Indigenous Forest Space

Indigenous Forest Space

Friday, 26 April 2024 11:52

In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, The Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation has partnered with Indigenous residents of North Grenville to create an Indigenous commemorative site at the Ferguson Forest Centre Arboretum.

The vision for the site has been designed by Finian Paibomesai, a local artist.

The dedicated site is designed to recognize the culture, traditions and history of the area which is part of the Algonquin territory.  It is a welcoming and open space that will be used to celebrate Anishinaabe culture and as a site for cultural events.

Finian Indigenous garden

The site is designed in the form of a medicine wheel which is symbolic of the four elements fire, earth, water and wind. The medicine wheel is also a symbol that contains many teachings about Mino-Bimaadiziwin, which means a way to live a good life.

The site will be used to share traditional Anishinaabe teachings with local residents and will be a gathering space for community to acknowledge important days for the Anishinabek people. It will be a site for gathering, meeting, learning and reflection.

The committee of the Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation working on this initiative is looking for community sponsors to help with the cost of developing the space.

For more information on this project or to learn how you can get involved, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To make a donation towards the development of this site, you can send an e-transfer to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a cheque payable to the Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation, 275 County Rd. 44, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0, stating “Indigenous Space Donation” on both.

FFC Indigenous Forest Space