march, 2022

01mar7:30 pm9:00 pmVirtual EventNational Healing ForestsAn example of reconciliation in action7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Organized By: Ottawa Horticultural Society

Event Details

2015 Peter Croal co-developed the reconciliation initiative called the
National Healing Forest Initiative with Patricia Stirbys, Cowessess
First Nation.

Patricia and Peter will give a brief outline of the
genesis of this initiative and their respective motivations for creating
this project. The talk will then describe how communities, schools and
churches etc. can develop their own Healing Forest. Benefits of the
Healing Forest will be described along with some recent examples of
completed Healing Forests.

Link to live presentation:

is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has a B.Sc.,
Geology Degree from Carleton University (1979). Since then Peter has
been working in the field of environmental assessment and international
development for over 35 years. Peter is particularly interested in how
climate change affects indigenous peoples, and how the knowledge of
Indigenous peoples can be applied to developmental challenges. Peter is
an avid gardener at his home and his own small community plot. He also
is a member of a community supported farm and volunteers at the Ottawa
Food Bank farm.

Stirbys is a citizen of Cowessess First Nation (Saskatchewan) and works
in the nuclear science and technology sector. Born and raised in
Ontario, she holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa
and has worked with Indigenous communities, industry, and government on
a broad range of issues. Her goal is to always foster positive
relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that can
lead to lasting gains for Canada. “As an Indigenous woman, walking on
the land is important to help connect me to nature and the world around
me. I have a large and wonderful flower and plant garden at my home
that I tend to from Spring to Fall. I enjoy watching the baby shoots
sprout in the Spring and grow into amazing and diverse plants as the
weather warms, then cools again.”


presentation will be a free Webinar. There is no registration required.
A recording will be available for members only for 14 days after the

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How to view the presentation:

To join the presentation, please click on this YouTube link (
to go to the OHS You Tube Channel. To simply watch the presentation
there is nothing else you need to do. The presentation will also be
recorded and available at this link afterwards. The easiest way to find
the channel is using the link; if you are on You Tube and do a search
please use Ottawa Horticultural Society (we aren’t the only ones that
use OHS as an acronym!).

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presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., so please be patient.


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(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm




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