M. Tracey Whiteye and companion. Photo credit: Matt Martin
On 21 September 2021, M. Tracey Whiteye, member of the Lunaapeew First Nation, led about 60 Londoners on a moving spiritual walk within Victoria Park in downtown London to connect us all and future generations to the land that belongs to the Creator to launch Greening Sacred Spaces (London) and to support and advance the City of London’s Climate Emergency Action Plan.
This event took place on the Fall Equinox, which derives from the Latin language meaning "equal night" as it describes a 12-hour night and 12-hour day. Whiteye explained that “from the Indigenous ways of seeing, feeling, knowing and doing, this event represents gathering together to honour our original ancestors. The trees, the plants, the water, our mother earth, the air that we breathe, the winged-ones, the four-legged, and the smallest creepy crawlers. As we begin to rekindle the fires within, in ceremony, we will honour the 4 directions as we walk in prayer and song.”
Spiritual walk. Victoria Park, London, ON