McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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Cootes Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

Formally established in 1927, Cootes Paradise sanctuary is significant as a migratory bird flyover zone and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Featuring over 320 hectares of marshland, 16 creeks and 25 km of shoreline, Cootes Paradise is the RBG’s largest and most diverse sanctuary. Cootes is also home to a thriving population of Trumpeter Swans, Red Knots, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, and in recent years Bald Eagles, who have made their home in Cootes Paradise.

Walk along the picturesque trails, enjoy a waterfront sunset or count the swans at Princes Point! Cootes Paradise is definitely a great place to relax, reflect and mediate.

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Cootes Paradise

Princess Point Canoe Launch, Hamilton, ON, Canada

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