Imperwash Beach Experience

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Ipperwash Beach has been my home away from home for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories include getting thrown off the inner tube into waves so big they could swallow me whole, campfires that my grandfather would build rain or shine, just so we could get that perfect bedtime treat and a sun burning so bright I thought the sweet summer would never end. As far as I was concerned, Ipperwash Beach was a magical place that couldn’t do any wrong. From a young age, I can remember the whispers and lingering stares I received when I would mention to a camp counsellor or adult family friend that it was almost time to go to the beach. They would speak in hushed tones so I wouldn’t hear but no matter what they had to say, nothing …show more content…
I never paid any attention to the past until I was forced to look at it through a microscopic lens in my tenth grade history class, and what I found was terrifying. During the Second World War, the Canadian military decided to build a training camp on land that was occupied by the Stoney Point First Nations tribe in Ipperwash Provincial Park. In 1900 the Canadian government previously wished to survey the land. The tribe resisted as the fear that the land would be misused and open the door of sales of their land and resources. (Holmes, 2004) It wasn’t until 1937 that the Indigenous people communicated with the government, expressing their concerns that the burial ground would be disturbed and that they had reservations only out of the need to protect the land. (Holmes, 2004) The tribe was offered a large sum for the land but they did not budge because of the sacred and spiritual properties that they believed the land held. (Roos, 1998) Ipperwash Provincial Park was more than just land that outlined Lake Huron. It was a burial ground that provided comfort and safety to the Indigenous people of the Lambton Shores community. Eventually, the Canadian government expropriated the land under the War Measures Act and compensated the Stony Point First Nations …show more content…
The place I know is able to make dreams come true, crickets sing you to sleep every night and no matter rain or shine, the sand and water will always welcome you back with open arms. It saddens me that the place I once thought to be a safe haven, is a place of emotional torture for someone else. Doing additional research and learning as much as I can about the conflict, makes me feel as if I shouldn’t love this place as much as I do. To the Stoney Point First Nations, I imagine every time they see a family of five drive onto the beach in a Dodge Caravan, planting umbrellas and beach towels into the sand, a hurt that I cant imagine is being experienced. To them, Ipperwash Beach was home, just as much as it was to me. However their home was taken from them and the way that the conflict was resolved was the death of an innocent man. I can’t imagine the feeling of desperation the Stoney Point First Nations must have felt when their home was taken away from them. If my home was taken away from me, I would never be the same. I would be vengeful, I would be hurt, I would feel the same way that they do now. I feel almost guilty when I look back on my memories from the cottage and plan for my next trip in the summer of 2017. One of my passions is social justice. I want the world to be just as wonderful for everyone as it has been for me in my eighteen years here. I can’t fathom that some people

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