Leamington – A 40 acres restoration project is underway at the Caldwell First Nation. Members from the Nation were joined by students from Leamington District Secondary School, employees from Jamieson Wellness, and representatives from the Essex Region Conservation Authority and Foundation to plant 100 trees and wetland plants on this former agricultural land on Saturday, November 12.
“As our ancestors were stewards and caretakers of these lands, we are grateful to continue in their footsteps and join with youth and supporters to restore the balance of nature given to us by our Creator,” explains Chief Mary Duckworth.
Members and staff from Caldwell First Nation worked in partnership with ERCA to develop the comprehensive restoration plan, which will be implemented over the next three years. Caldwell First Nation and ERCA have worked together to undertake a number of restoration projects over the past decade, including a significant wetland rehabilitation project at a former marina located in Sturgeon Creek.
In 2020, Caldwell First Nation was granted Reserve Status in Leamington, following a 230 year quest to regain their ancestral grounds. The traditional lands of the Caldwell Nation stretch from the Detroit River all the way to Long Point on the north shore of Lake Erie, including Point Pelee National Park.
As part of the planting event, members from the Nation were invited to provide further input into the restoration plan, which is eventually expected to include walking trails and will incorporate plants of cultural significance. Caldwell Nation’s commitment to stewardship of the land provides assurances that this restoration project will thrive into the future.
A significant donation from Jamieson Wellness through the Essex Region Conservation Foundation will fund the restoration of 40 acres of forest and wetland habitat which will mitigate flooding, take climate action, and help provide much needed habitat in the region.
“Jamieson has been operating in the Windsor-Essex region for nearly 100 years,” said Shawna Ketter, Senior Director of ESG and Culture at Jamieson Wellness. “We’ve been fortunate to have been able to collaborate with ERCA on several conservation projects in the area as a proud member of the community. We believe strongly in the restoration plan that ERCA and Caldwell First Nation are undertaking and are honoured to be able to support this work that is so fundamental in the journey towards compassionate and active Reconciliation.”
Caldwell First Nation is a strong, sovereign First Nation fighting assimilation and respecting other nations the Creator has placed in their path. The People of the Lake, they are working to build a foundation with other nations that embraces trust, harmony and honour.
The Essex Region Conservation Authority is a public sector organization established by the Province in 1973, and governed by local municipalities to deliver programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region.
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