September 30, 2022
Landscape Ontario announces Reconciliation Grove Project
Landscape Ontario’s Reconciliation Grove Project puts reconciliation into action. Through its members, Landscape Ontario will connect with every school in Ontario to plant a grove of three trees — one for truth, one for memory and one for hope.
Through these symbolic trees, our goal is to provide students with a space to recognize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th each year.
TREES FOR TRUTHAn evergreen, honouring survivors of the Indian Residential School system ensures their stories are never forgotten.
TREES FOR MEMORYDeciduous, with fall colour. Planted in memory of children who were victims of the Indian Residential School system, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
TREES FOR HOPEA wildlife-friendly tree, spring blooming, representing hope for a better, brighter future of reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
This program was the idea of one of Landscape Ontario's board members who wanted to connect our land acknowledgement to further action toward reconciliation. Through consultation we connected with Landscape Ontario's membership community, and leaders in the Indigenous community to develop this project. It is our goal to bridge a pathway to reconciliation through this initiative.
Landscape Ontario's Land Acknowledgement:
Landscape Ontario recognizes that its work, and the work of its community partners take place on traditional Indigenous territories across the province. We acknowledge that there are 46 treaties and other agreements that cover the territory now called Ontario. We are thankful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are thankful to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province.