When I see this photo I am reminded of the beauty, majesty of the lovely Jackson Park, it is like a rugged, wild, provincial park that has been protected, its wilderness, its ecological diversity and ecosystem is so special, sacred, beauty full. Am so blessed to have this so close to downtown Peterborough so I can walk, bike, and run to this forest in such close proximity to where I live.
The park has allowed for people like myself for the last 34 years living in Peterborough, Ontario to spend time in the forest to heal all the challenges that have been in my life living in a single parent family in rural roots, like the roots beneath the trees intertwined with each other, I have roots in the Earth here. The trees are ancestors with so much wisdom, they have healed a lot of the wounds of growing up as an Aquarian in a world of the mall culture of Western Dominant Paradigm of the Consumer Culture and thankfully the park with nature calmed my nerves, restoring my emotional, pyschological, mental, physical, spiritual imbalances and allowed for the holistic healing to happen energetically, with the awareness of how interconnected we are all are, we are all my relations.
What has inspired me lately is the knowing deep in my belly of the sacredness of this land, the term “terraphillia” has come to me to know that there is an emotional attachment to the soil of where we were raised, this is true for me, the land of the Kawarthas, Omemee, Peterborough, Haliburton Highlands, Muskokas, Algonquin Park and Tamagami and summer camps like Camp Kawartha and Ecology Education have been instrumental to my learning throughout my life.
When I went to Trent U to study Ecological Anthropology and Archaeology, I learned a great deal about the environmental geography and prehistory of the local Indigenous Peoples. I am a girl who was raised predominantly in the farmland, wetlands of Mallard’s Bay, and I grew up with the knowledge about the fish, soil, gardening, subsistence strategies like hunting, gathering, and milking the goat and having live birds on our small farm.
When my Mom had her car accident on Friday March 13th, 1992, when I was 12 years old, our family went our own ways, some of us in to foster care, some of us in to the street to survive on our own, we have had to do a lot of transformational healing, restorative justice and reconciliation work to restore the harmony balance of growing in to our own, to forgive, to surrender, to let go of all the wounds and it is the natural organic settings of the forest that continually regenerate, rebirth in the seasons and cycles that heal all of this. This is the Higher Purpose of being alive. It is the way of the Art in my life, to express this, to embody this essence of being a women in the 21st century who can live an urban life as a media artist and at the same time be connected with the primordial ancestral inter being that is what makes getting up in the morning such a miracle, what a gift it is to be alive this Earth Day.
Let us all Protect our Sacred Land, Let us all Protect Jackson Park, Occupy Jackson Park, Occupy Love, Sacred Activism, we must wake up now to the ability to respond mindfully, compassionately, creatively to the situation that the City of Peterborough with its Mayor Bennett leading the way of a massive Parkway across Jackson’s Park. Since they are not listening to the people, the people must find their own empowerment through community, through their own expression of their stories, to have a voice. This is the reason why I have become to be a documentary filmmaker/media artist activist and learning about the gift economy, paradigm shift, living in the eco village of yoga, healing, gardening, and creating. What I suggest for all reading this is to do whatever you can to grow food, grow gardens, guerilla garden, make music, bring out your Uke or whatever instrument you can and play your music, sing, write, share your poetry, paintings, and lets all create together, lets join our hands together to link our arms in unity diversity in gratitude for this precious life we have.