On Saturday, I attended an event called Reconciliation: Re-Membering Creator's First Sacred Pipe".
it was a panel discussion by some well known Algonquin Leaders from this Territory, as well as a few white men with interest in what is happening to Chaudiere Falls, which is a Sacred Site for the Native people. Once upon a time, if seen from above, it was in the shape of a peace pipe. That has been altered by the construction of a dam unfortunately.
This area was once a place of peace where Tribes from all over came to trade, leaving their weapons behind. Even enemy tribes. The falls also contained the 4 sacred elements needed to make a pipe... stone, water, fire and air. And it is located at the centre where four rivers meet, making a Medicine Wheel.
It is a great honour to be on this sacred land but also incredibly tragic that the Sacredness is not acknowledged by the government. Sadly, even some other Algonquin tribes prefer to cash in on selling the land to developers. They say that they will create a park where people can go to pray. Not all Native people understand how it works with Sacred Sites. Once you develop it, the land loses its power. I have seen this happen over and over again in my travels.
The Falls have already been desecrated. They are not as glorious as they once were, having been cut down and damned up.
Many of you who have lived in the Ottawa region longer than me probably know all this. But I am still just learning about the issues involved. It is a complicated situation and the government is very good at ignoring the Indigenous peoples in spite of the nice words around reconciliation.
The closing of Victoria Island which is a meeting place for peaceful Indigenous protests and sacred ceremonies is also another ploy to shut us down. The Trudeau Government has lost our trust, lied to us and there is little hope that this sacred land will be preserved.
It is heartbreaking yet this is nothing new. Indigenous ways will never be understood as along as greed precedes the desire to preserve the environment. I honour the Warriors who fight for these causes, but there is a huge miscommunication gap between Native people and the Canadian government officials. Native people are "too nice", as Lynn Gehl, one of the Elders stated vehemently at the Panel discussion on Saturday. Being nice never got us anywhere. We were nice when we allowed the Europeans to step foot on Turtle Island. We fed them and taught them how to survive. And they killed us.
From my perspective, it's too late to save the planet. We just have to prepare for the worst. Mother Earth is due for a cleanse and we just happen to have over 7 billion people on her back at this time. Humans are responsible for the pollution and overpopulation, but the Earth changes come in natural cycles. We are just accelerating it by destroying the ozone.
We all know this. I am just reminding us that we need to be ready. How do we do that, you ask?
We need to prepare fro the changes the same way we prepare for death, Live our lives the best we can, with integrity, honour, truth, love and courage.
Make every day count, help one another and follow your destiny, your path, be where you are meant to be, go where you are called. Not everyone is meant to be on the front lines. It is good to know where you belong, whether it is doing your best at work, at home or in the community. Be prepared for crises situations like storms, floods and power outages. Keep in touch with your loved ones.
If we can remember who we truly are, Souls on a sacred journey towards wholeness, and act accordingly, we cannot go wrong. We are born and we die, that is how things work.
You may think me morbid or depressive, but I am neither. Death is part of the sacred cycle of Life and it happens to us all, one way or another. The Earth Changes are a fact and have been prophesied by Indigenous Prophets for centuries. We need not be afraid to discuss these important issues.
*Chaudiere Falls, past and present below*