FIRST NATION - HEALING FOREST
Patrick Kavanaugh, Councillor, Eagle Lake First Nation
Farabout Peninsula Coalition presents Eagle Lake First Nation with artifacts and archaeological history from the dig on the isthmus to Farabout
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
credit: Willow Fidler, National News, APTN, Sept 15, 2018
On August 25, 2021 Elder Robert Kelly, Chief Arnold Gardner and Elder Leonard Sky (in photo left to right) conducted a ceremony launching the ‘Historical/Life Sciences’ sign on the portage between Littleneck and Outlet Bay on Eagle Lake. This sign highlights major findings in both the archaeological dig and the Life Sciences studies that were accumulated over the past 13 years. More information and photos can be found on the page on this website entitled “Conservation-Historical Sign”.
Two videos of Elder Leonard Sky:
HEALING FOREST AND CONSERVATION SIGNS
In 2022 Eagle Lake Farabout Peninsula Coalition received national recognition through the award of the David Suzuki Foundation “Healing Forest” designation – one of 26 across Canada.
The ”Healing Forest” project is a collaboration between the National Healing Forest Initiative and the David Suzuki Foundation ( a leading Canadian environmental non-profit organization). Their aim is to create a network of forests across Canada that are dedicated to reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. The intent is to heal, reflect, contemplate, talk, share and build mutual respect.
“Healing Forest” signs can be found posted at either end of the portage path on the isthmus
leading to Farabout Peninsula.
Conservation signs (see below) dot the portage pathway highlighting points of interest on and around Farabout Peninsula.
Examples of these signs include:
Signatures collected in our visitor book at the meeting site list local visitors as well as those from across Canada and the USA.
In 2023 the Coalition expanded the meeting site by adding seating and two benches. One of these benches is designated as a “memorial Bench”. It has plaques naming individuals who contributed importantly to the Coalition and have died.
Visitors travel to our “Healing Forest” meeting area by boat, canoe and kayak during the summer months, and by snowmobile in the winter. The meeting place and portage have become a “destination” for ceremonies, ecotourism, and support to Farabout Peninsula by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous visitors.