It’s Indigenous People’s Month and what better way to celebrate than with not one but two new trail markers being unveiled in York Region.
If you’ve been following the Experience Trail Marker Project you’ll know that there are already five trail markers across the region; The Moth, The Butterfly, The Bee, The Hummingbird, The Blue Jay, and the two NEW Trail Markers The Chickadee and The Firefly.
The YR Experience Trail Marker Project is a collaborative interactive art project designed to re-connect people on the land presently known as York Region through art, illustrations by Indigenous artist Donald Chretien, Nipissing First Nation, cultural narrative by Ojibwe Elder Shelley Charles, Georgina Island First Nation.
The Chickadee and The Firefly will make their debut this week during Pollinators Week, which is a great way to acknowledge the importance of pollinators in our environment. From bees to butterflies, pollinators play a crucial role in our food production and ecosystem. This week is an opportunity to learn about different pollinators and their habitat and how we can support them through conservation efforts.
The Chickadee, will be unveiled in Newmarket on June 22nd with Mayor John Taylor, York Region Arts Council and Indigenous artist, Donald Chretien, of Nipissing First Nations and be part of the unveiling ceremony!
The Firefly, will be unveiled during the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day, on June 21st at Aurora Town Park in Aurora.
For more information on both unveilings click here. To follow the Experience trail on social media follow the hashtag #ExperienceYR.
Join us for all these events happening in June as we acknowledge that our land, our people, and our endemic species all take an important role in our environment and community.