Forest Funeral - Parade Square march to Province House | Ecology Action Centre

Forest Funeral - Parade Square march to Province House

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 13:00

Ecology Action Centre and the Healthy Forest Coalition cordially invite you to attend a memorial service for the Acadian Forest and all the critters who used to live there.  Please come to pay your respects.

An "open casket" of tiny "logs" will be followed by a procession of wildlife that have died through drastic losses of habitat.  Pallbearers and forest mourners will walk from Grand Parade Square to the funeral ceremony at Province House.  From there, the bodies will be carried to the very origin of forest mismanagement, the N.S. DNR office on Hollis Street.

Why a funeral and why now?  
The funeral pays homage to the forest resources that Nova Scotia has lost through over-harvesting and rampant clearcutting.  An Independent Forest Review presently taking place must hear of our disapproval and concerns over the massive forest destruction incurred through poor forest management and short-sighted political decisions.  Come and demonstrate your dismay and anger.  The time is now to curb industrial forestry impacts on our lands.

We need your help: 
We mourn the loss of forests from Cape Breton to the Cobequids to Yarmouth and Digby.  Bring family and friends. Everyone is needed!  Students, retirees, people from all cultures. 

Dress: traditional funeral attire suggested (multi-cultural encouraged).

Schedule of events:

1:00 p.m. Gather at the Grand Parade Square in Halifax

Assemble at Grand Parade Square (in front of Halifax City Hall in downtown Halifax) for the funeral procession to Province House. Music and as many people as possible to celebrate the life of the forest and also the great sadness of its passing.  Music or drumming present, a festive environment as we assemble.

* Bring any wildlife (mounted/stuffed) you may have to demonstrate the loss of wildlife

* Bring pickets

* Bring small trees (optional), and tissues, of course 

Funeral procession march to Province House

Led by bag piper

Funeral ceremony

Eulogy to the forest: Robert Bancroft. 

Various spiritual speakers to wildlife and forest losses. 

Mi'kmaq ceremonial practice, song/drumming.

March to DNR Office 



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