Initiatives

As part of the Hamilton-Haudenosaunee Agreements signed in 2003 the Joint Stewardship Board has embarked on a number initiatives to highlight environmental protection and sustainability within the Red Hill Valley.  While many are still in development, others are currently being put into action for the betterment of the Haudenosaunee and the communities surrounding the Red Hill Valley.

Environmental Interpretive Center

A unique facility intended to house “a variety of unique spaces and state-of-the art resources for teaching, sharing, displaying and honoring Indigenous ecological perspectives as a way to address modern environmental situations.

Outdoor Education Program

Provided as part of the Environmental Interpretive Centre the program is intended to provide active outdoor education in the Red Hill Valley which brings together the best of indigenous philosophy and practices with the most innovative modern science and ecological practices.

Trail Signs/ Interpretive Plan

Intended to provide visitors of the Red Hill Valley with factual information including historical information, information about the Red Hill Valley Project, and the Haudenosaunee story.

Medicine Inventory

These reports are intended to assist the Board in creating a strategy to protect or enhance the medicines and other indigenous plants in the area.

Deer and Wildlife Management 

 A guideline that agrees with the Haudenosaunees right to exercise the 1701 Albany Treaty, as well as respect the municipal by-laws and safety of the visitors to the Red Hill Valley.  It is intended to assess and assist in the management of over-population and protected species.

Community Garden

Intended to bring together two communities through sustainable means.

The Gathering Places/ The Meeting Places

The Meeting Places are designed to accommodate group activities as areas designated to stop and rest, contemplate, or become engaged in educational experiences.  Four Meeting Places are planned to be implemented in the valley with the potential to host different activities or events such as pottery making, basket weaving, mat making, flint knapping, painting sessions, musical performances, puppet shows, drumming, and dancing. These are fairly small-scale venues, but it is the intimacy of the event that becomes its attraction.  School groups could also use these places for their nature explorations. When not in use they become rest places for families.