Over the course of the struggle to save Owls Head Provincial Park many different people have contributed and become friends and allies. When [Mi’kmaw Land and Water Protector] Elizabeth Marshall joined us, it felt for me like the tide turned.
Owls Head Provincial Park is a cultural heritage landscape, connected to thousands of years, generations, of Indigenous occupations. We value and protect, old buildings, forts, walls, and streets that represent a few hundred years of transforming materials and the landscape. If the ancient undisturbed landscape of Owls Head Provincial Park had been properly valued it would never have been secretly offered for sale. Our current value system for cultural landscapes is also “colonization in a nutshell.” Grandmother Elizabeth Marshall is right, “we have to stand up for the next generation because they deserve better.”