A once-landfill in Springwater will serve a new, and much more appropriate purpose.
The County of Simcoe says work has already started on the revitalization of a closed landfill site on George Johnston Rd. in Springwater, repurposing it as a regional heritage attraction.
Now known as Wiidookadaadiwin, the site will be home to a bronze Wiidookdaadiwin icon created by world-renowned sculptor Marlene Hilton Moore, while also featuring scenic vistas of the Minesing Wetlands, historic Fort Willow, and Nine Mile Portage Trail.
“The County recognizes the cultural significance of the Wiidookdaadiwin Lookout site and is honoured to work collaboratively with the Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin, First Nations, and our many other partners to make this project a possibility.” says County of Simcoe Warden, George Cornell, “In addition to the educational value, cultural importance and tourism benefits, this collaborative initiative aligns with our commitment to environmental stewardship. To repurpose this site with Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks endorsement is an important achievement.”
The County of Simcoe is working with the Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin; formally known as the Hornia Lookout committee, the organization’s objective was to create and open the site. “Wiidookdaadiwin is a gift that allows us as all to acknowledge our past, celebrate our present and build our future.” says Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin Chair, Tony Guergis, “I want to thank all our donors, partners and board members for their many years of working together and helping one another, and sharing the journey. Soon this magnificent place will become a reality for all to see, learn, share and ultimately create a beautiful place of gathering. The Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin are committed to a new model of collaboration that honours our collective history and strives for true reconciliation.”
Wiidookdaadiwin means: “Working Together and Helping One Another” in the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) language. It is anticipated the site will be completed in 2020.
Banner photo courtesy Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin website.