The waters of High Park’s Grenadier Pond, and the surrounding lands are in need of healing.
Recent efforts to remove phragmites a nonnative tall grass species around the pond’s edge have relied on glyphosate (a.k.a. Monsanto-Bayer’s Roundup). These chemicals are toxic to plants, animals, birds, insects, and to the lands and waters. They are also toxic to the people who work with them.
It is time to say NO to chemical management and YES to Indigenous Stewardship.
On October 13, 2019, join Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, and community leaders in a Silent Action to bring ceremony and healing to the lands and waters.
We gather at 1 p.m. at the waters edge (see large red dot on map at the edge of Grenadier Pond) to share knowledge about land stewardship and the problems with chemical management while we make art for the silent action
At 2:30 p.m. we begin a ceremony to honour the lands, waters, and all relations.
At 3:00 p.m. we begin a Silent Action, holding hands around the pond.
**Please contact us at indigenouslandstewardshipTO@gmail.com if you would like to support this action, through donations of art materials, or other forms of support.
Here is the flyer for The Silent Action in High Park:
The documents cited on the flyer can be found here:
- Our Common Grounds: Incorporating Indigenous Place-Making in Toronto Parks and Public Realm – Adopted by the City of Toronto, 2017
- Reconciliation and Review of the Calls to Action Discussion Deck – Adopted by the City of Toronto, May 12, 2017
- UNDRIP: – ‘Fulfilling Calls to Action from Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’ – Adopted by the City of Toronto, April 1, 2016
- A Reclamation of Well Being: Visioning a riving and Healthy Urban Indigenous Community Toronto’s first indigenous Health Strategy (TIHS) 2016-2021
– Adopted by the City of Toronto – Public Health (2016)
- Statement of Commitment to the Aboriginal Communities of Toronto – Annual Update 2015 – Adopted by the City of Toronto, 2015
- Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples – Adopted by the Government of Ontario