Three environmental groups advocate for "the land, the water, and the trees" on Ottawa River islands

Three environmental groups advocate for "the land, the water, and the trees" on Ottawa River islands
Posted on January 28, 2016 | Daniel Buckles | Written on January 28, 2016
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Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital

On Jan. 27, the Greenspace Alliance website featured a passionate letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Cabinet officials urging them to act now on a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reclaim this most symbolic and significant greenspace in the heart of the national capital."

The greenspace referred to is Chaudiere and Albert islands in the Ottawa River, and the gem at its heart is what the letter describes as “the most significant natural feature in the National Capital Region, the Chaudière Falls.” 

Also significant is the groups’ plea for Prime Minister Trudeau and his government to act on its promises of reconciliation with Indigenous people. 

“The Chaudière and Albert Islands are in the core of the national capital. Their re-dedication as a natural area, in recognition of Indigenous claims, would be a powerful act of reconciliation. This special area could become a central gathering place in the capital of Canada, for sharing the diverse natural and cultural stories of the land and its peoples. All of this would symbolize and embody the unfolding idea that is Canada...

“We note that, in reality, actual development on these islands may be held up for years because of ongoing litigation. There is clear evidence from several First Nations that consultation to date has been insufficient.”  

The Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, Ottawa Field Naturalists, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society–Ottawa Valley Branch, are signatories to the letter. 

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