When I was a child, my cousins, siblings and I would always go to my grandparent’s house down the street. From there we would walk to the park that was a few blocks away from their house. When we got there we never really stayed at the park because there was a huge forest (to us) that had many different paths. We would then play a hunting and gathering game that we made up. A couple of us would be hunters, while the rest would be animals. The hunters would make their weapons out of sticks and then gave the “animals” about 10 minutes to go hide or create shelter.
Looking back on this child hood game I would play with my family makes me realize how much we connected with the environment without even knowing. Now that I learn about the environment, I see importance in things I would never notice before. I have now learned to acknowledge my ignorance to the land. Even when I was a little girl, I would use the land for resources in games. When I go back to this place, the land is now destroyed from houses. The forest that my family would always play at is now gone.
I drew my picture of the forest spread out over the province of Alberta and pin pointed where I lived. I wanted to do this to show where my home is and where my memories lay.