‘Set within the beautiful landscape of the Niagara Escarpment and Carolinian, guests can choose from several different program offerings over the weekend – Friday, Sept 23rd thru Sunday, Sept. 25th – that bring them closer to their roots, while reflecting on Indigenous histories, knowledges and futures in Niagara’
News from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Posted September 20th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Niagara Folk Arts, and Kakekalanicks Consulting have partnered on a unique and specially programmed weekend to engage in learning and reflection, sport and guided walks in nature, presented by local Indigenous artists, storytellers and knowledge keepers.
This three-day event will take place from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 25, at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. Set within the beautiful landscape of the Niagara Escarpment and Carolinian, guests can choose from several different program offerings over the weekend, that bring them closer to their roots, while reflecting on Indigenous histories, knowledges and futures in Niagara.
Friday, Sept. 23: 360 Story Walk at Ball’s Falls, 6-8 p.m.
A guided twilight Two-Row nature walk led dually by local Elder Dave Labbé and an outdoor educator, sharing knowledge of the natural world, history and ecology of the forest. The evening will open with a clean fire and smudging, and close in reflection at the fireside.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Cultural Roots of Lacrosse, 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
An interactive workshop by FUSE Lacrosse, to engage in meaningful dialogue and create a space of mutual understanding to learn the origins and Cultural Significance of Lacrosse and the Values of Stick Making, and play some game fundamentals.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Indigenous Stories by the Fire, 6-8 p.m.
Gather around a clean fire with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, artists and storytellers and be immersed in powerful messages and reflections of Turtle Island. Traditional dancers and artists share their art and messages with guests in the evening gathering within a starlit natural setting.
Sunday, Sept. 25: 360 Story Walk and Ancestors’ Reflection, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
This incredible afternoon program begins around a clean fire, and takes guests on a guided walk along natural trails, stopping along the way to experience outdoor exhibits of great significance. Led by Indigenous Elder Dave Labbé, and knowledge keepers, guests will learn and reflect on Indigenous histories, futures and legacies. The evening closes by the fire with teachings and messages to lead into National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.
There is limited capacity for each event and advanced registration is required to attend. Admission to a single event is $25, and full weekend programming is $60 (choice of up to three events selected at time of purchase).
All proceeds will support the Niagara Folk Arts Festival and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation. By supporting this event, you are contributing to Indigenous cultural programming across Niagara. Funding provided by the Government of Ontario.
About NPCA- The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 61 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management.
The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.
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