Our Indigenous neighbours have told us about their desire to have a place reminiscent of the historic Humber, a place where food and medicinal plants grow in harmony with the forest and river. Over the past years, traditional plants have been returned to the area, and some invasive species removed. This is not an attempt to recreate what was lost, since the new reality of climate change and deforestation drive a new vision. But since the glaciers retreated, the forests of North America have evolved, with site appropriate growth driven by bird migration as well as slow self-seeding. Rather, the area will evolve into a sustainable forest that supports both humans as well as the natural environment.
Toronto Parks and TRCA have been engaged, and seem to have agreed that this area will not become just another section of multi-purpose trail, with mowed lawns and asphalt, nor will it be reserved as a bird nesting area excluding residents. Instead it can become an area where we can meet to reflect on our shared journey in a space that can be returned to our children.