WE WANT YOU!
Who knows the Land? Who can speak for the Land?
Who cares for the Land?
What is the state of our fish and wildlife? Is our land productive? Are our natural resources sustainable?
These are the essential questions that need to be asked in our communities, for our own health and the health of our children. And these are the questions that only those that live on the land and with the land can answer. However, increasingly governments are less able and apt to engage with landowners in meaningful ways to find these answers. And more and more we see that resources are being managed at regional and even provincial scales, often without sufficient local knowledge.
The Land Knowledge Circles project has been launched by The Land Between, Cottage Country’s own conservation organization and delivered in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation and Hastings Stewardship Council. This project calls on our farmers, hunters, anglers, foresters, beekeepers, gardeners, naturalists and excursionists in order to help find the answers to these important questions. Talking Circles, an ancient and effective platform for building community and consensus, are being used as a way to hear and share first-hand knowledge of what is occurring on the land and with our wildlife. Proceedings from the Circle meetings will be published to validate the voice of landowners and resource users, and also to provide a solid basis for resource management by interested groups, organizations and potentially governments too.
Talking Circles will be held in four catchment areas. The events are free and lunch is served.
The project is a pilot and is being funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Partnership Grant Program. It is hoped that Circles will be held biannually within our communities to maintain these important relationships with landowners in our communities, and to monitor changes in our local environments.
Land Knowledge Circles will be held on Saturdays from 10-4.
- September 16th, Gravenhurst, Centennial Centre Terry Fox Room, 101 Centennial Dr.
- October 14th, Buckhorn Community Centre 1801 Lakehurst Rd.
- October 28th, Verona Lions Club, 4504 Verona Sand Rd
- November 4th, Madoc, Hastings Arts Centre 230 Durham St. South
There is no charge for these events, and lunch is provided.
Space is limited, so register early
Call Leora at 705-457-4838
For the event schedules and details on how to Talking Circles are done see: Registration-email-agenda-and-how-to-guide.pdf