I encourage everyone to watch this video created by local resident and historian Nathan Tidridge on Waterdown’s Souharissen Natural Area.
Waterdown / Flamborough lands lie within the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-oh-sew-nee) Confederacy, Huron-Wendat Nation and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Souharissen open space land on Burke Street at Dundas where the black stone marker is located and walk the trail to the canoe garden. Students at Waterdown High school created the canoe garden as a student project to honour First Nations Indigenous Peoples.
Waterdown’s Souharissen Natural Area which covers 55 acres in the Village of Waterdown, and is the result of years of work following the discovery of 104 Aboriginal archaeological sites in the Waterdown Bay Development Area in 2005. It was jointly dedicated by the Hon. David C. Onley, 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Chief M. Bryan Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation on August 21st, 2014. Over 50 people attending the dedication including Councillor Judi Partridge, David Sweet MP, Elder Carolyn King, United Empire Loyalists, and other members of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Learn about this special area and the Treaty relationships, and responsibilities, it embodies. View an Interactive Map and learn more about the Souharissen Natural Area at this link.