The National Healing Forest initiative envisions creating a network of forests and green spaces across Canada, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can come together in the spirit of reconciliation to heal, reflect, meditate, talk, share and build respect and understanding as a result of the Residential School legacy and the findings of the National Truth and Reconciliation report.
The Town of Gibsons has recently committed to establishing a Healing Forest within White Tower Park and the Charman Creek ravine. This initiative complements recent work by staff and Council to recognize, protect and enhance our natural assets, through a Tree Preservation Bylaw, the establishment of an Urban Forest Plan and the expansion of the stormwater retention ponds in White Tower Park.
In August 2020, staff presented a proposal for establishing a Healing Forest within Town boundaries to a representative for the Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation). The proposal will now be taken to the Nation’s Council Committee for further discussion.
While Healing Forests already exist in six provinces, a Healing Forest in Gibsons will be BC’s first.