Eagles Nest - An Algonquin Story
Start date: 1 January, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
Eagles Nest, a majestic granite rock face and 100 acre municipally-owned property that towers over the small community of Bancroft, Ontario, is one of the most prominent natural landmarks in Eastern Ontario, one that can tell the story of ancient cultures through its geologic and archaeological past. To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our project, “Eagles Nest - An Algonquin Story”, will not only leave a lasting legacy in celebration of Canada’s milestone but will also be a turning point in history as the Algonquin people and diverse community members come together to forge new ways of working together for the future through the telling of their individual and shared stories of the past. In light of the Algonquin Land Claims, this project needs to happen now during this period of reconciliation. It is the ideal time for community groups and the Algonquin Nation to begin anew by collaborating on a project that includes land that is culturally significant to the indigenous peoples.
The project is an opportunity for the Algonquins of Ontario to research and write their stories in cooperation with a Professional Archeologist and Geologist and to share those stories in both storyboard kiosks along existing trails on Eagles Nest, in brochures, and on a corresponding website that will allow for more in-depth information. Visitors will also learn about the flora and fauna, (including medicinal plants), sites where stone tools may have been crafted, and more recent history of settlement in the region on the interpretive trail and by accessing more detailed information on their personal mobile device. A volunteer-built Memorial Wall will also recognize individuals who have played an important role in building the region.
This is an inclusive project that will get participants involved in both the planning and in the physical building of storyboard kiosks and installation of trailhead signage and re-routing of trails around areas that are culturally and environmentally sensitive to the Algonquin people. The project is designed to connect Canadians with nature, educate and raise the level of understanding of environmental stewardship, a mandate of the lead applicant, the Bancroft Area Stewardship Council. The project has been designed to inspire youth to carry forward the legacy of the Canada 150 through hands-on participation in the trail re-routing, kiosk building and installation phases.
Nature of the Project Reach
This project has a wide regional reach that includes the Algonquin of Ontario, organizations and individuals across Hastings County
To come together with the Algonquin community to find new ways of working together for the future through the telling of individual and shared stories of the past.
To develop a storyboard interpretive trail where geologic, natural history and the story of the Algonquin people and later European settlement can be told.
To establish a memorial component where individuals who have helped build this community can be celebrated.
To connect visitors and local people with nature and raise the level of understanding of environmental stewardship.
To encourage hands-on participation in the project by a wide cross-section of individuals, organizations and youth.
Volunteers are required to take part in storyboard kiosk building where a qualified volunteer instructor will teach timber frame construction. Historical research and related photos are also welcome.