You are invited to join the Healing Forest committee, and special guests on September 30th for the unveiling of Perth’s Healing Forest Memorial to the children who were taken away to Residential School and the many children who did not make it home to their families. The memorial also remembers the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people. This permanent monument will stand as part of our community’s commitment to Reconciliation.
In January 2017, two invited speakers at the Table Community Food Centre captivated many of their listeners: Patricia Stirbys (Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan) and Peter Croal (Geologist with the Canadian International Development Agency) had met at a walk to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. From this serendipitous encounter emerged the idea for the creation of a lasting memorial, The Healing Forest.
At first the plan was to establish a single forest in Canada where people could gather in ceremony to honour and remember but as the project evolved, Patricia and Peter promoted the creation of multiple Healing Forests across the country.
Over the last 18 months a site was found, a rock chosen and a plaque designed using the Healing Forest symbol with wording in both Anishinaabemowin and English.
The project received community and municipal support and now we proudly announce the dedication of the site. The ceremony will be held in Last Duel Park on September 30 at 2 o’clock. Refreshments will be kindly provided by The Table.