In case you missed it…
About 600 souls participated in a Forest Funeral on Thursday afternoon, assembling in the Grand Parade Square and proceeding to Province House, the air filled with the solemn notes of a Funeral March played on a trombone.
An open pine casket holding “match-stick”-sized logs was carried by six pall-bearers, while mourners carried (stuffed) animals of the Acadian forest.
The casket was set down at Province House, and the wildlife set out before it.
Dedications, music, song, prayers and testaments followed as listed below with the corresponding audio files.
The event was organized by the Healthy Forest Coalition and the Ecology Action Centre to highlight and mourn the losses of mature and old growth Acadian forest and associated wildlife due to extensive clearcutting over the last 50+ years. The clearcutting has taken place under the tenure of governments variously formed by the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP.
The event made the front page of Friday’s Chronicle Herald; the online version features a short video of the event. There were also reports in Metro News, Nova Scotia Advocate, Global News.
‘Best to listen to the speakers themselves, though, for a sense of what it was all about:
Melissa Labrador: Opening hearts and minds to speak truthI offer this smudge to clear the air and to only bring speaking from our heart and to promote positivity in this journey…
|Prayer for Mother Earth
Dorene Bernard, Professional drummer and Water WalkerIt’s important we recognize that the trees, the water, and all life are part of Mother Earth, so I like to say a prayer for Mother Earth…
|A lament to Forest Wildlife – Dr. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Professor of Biology, Acadia University
The inhumanity of clearcutting is that it creates wildlife refugees…
|Who cooks for you?
Composition by Ashley Moffat (Little Miss Moffat)“Who cooks for you” (hoots the barred owl) hunting from the treetops above…
Dorene Bernard and groupThe Mi’kmaq Honour song honours all life…everything that has a spirit including the trees.
|Sad as a Forest
Old Man LuedeckeI’m sad as a forest
I’m sad as a forest
I’m sad as a forest
That’s all been cut down
|Saving our forests from the politics of pulp
Joan Baxter…the button I am wearing says “Stop Clearcutting in Nova Scotia; it’s 30 years old! The first funeral for the forests was held up near Tatamagouche in 1990..
|What’s progress in the forest?
Introduction to Lee Keating by Donna CrosslandDNR came out with a 5-year report on progress…I realized they have made no progress at all [with the Natural Resources Strategy]
|A good day in the woods
Danny George, loggerI do selection harvests of quality hardwoods…I had less than 90 liters of fuel burnt in a chainsaw to harvest $60,000 worth of wood…
|Whence the Natural Resource Strategy?
Raymond Plourde, Ecology Action CentreThe bureaucrats undermined and usurped public process, due public process and public policy reached through that process…
|Thank you and Closing Benediction
Jamie SimpsonWe have a real future if we cut logs like Danny George
ADDENDUM Oct 22, 2017
Tim Reeves-Horton of Picnic Studios is sharing a short video of the event. View Funeral for Nova Scotia’s Forests, posted on Vimeo, Oct 21, 2017. Thanks, Tim.
Nov 1, 2017
Mourning the loss of Nova Scotia’s forests
Zack Metcalfe writes about the event Under his column The Endangered Perspective, Oct 30, 2017
Nov 13, 2017: Discussing a sustainable, profitable lumber industry in Nova Scotia
Zack Metcalfe, November 13, 2017 in the Chronicle Herald. “Since the forest funeral held in Halifax Grand Parade, Thursday, Oct. 19, I’ve heard quite a bit of criticism, some directed at the character of the people who participated and others at myself for having written favourably about the event…”
Funeral for Nova Scotia’s Forests from PicnicStudios on Vimeo.