Saturday, September 30, 2017
16 Old Guelph Rd
Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9
The Journey to Anishinaabe Knowledge
Native plants provided indigenous peoples with almost all of life’s essentials. Starting in the Arboretum near the Nature Interpretive Centre, this new trail explores plants used by the Anishinaabe peoples, and their connections to culture, language, ecology and history.
Several theme-based interpretive nodes offer traditional perspectives on plants of the area, with content by Joseph Pitawanakwat, traditional plant use educator and consultant, and Elders from Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Reflecting the oral nature of Indigenous cultures, plant teachings are provided by audio devices at two waterside teaching areas along the trail.
The trail follows the route of the former Captain Cootes Trail for 1.1 kilometres from the Nature Interpretive Centre to Hickory Valley. The land is hilly with packed earth, gravel and wood mulch surfaces. Muddy trails are slippery when wet, and the trails are often icy in winter — use at your own risk.