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Homecoming, Gifts and Rootedness

Submitted by Christie Nash on May 29, 2016 - 6:12pm
Coming home to the wonder of a place-based world

Our current crisis is not the sense meaninglessness and the search for an abstract truth, it is uprootedness and the search for home. The key to finding our way home is through a language of place – a language that speaks to the wonder of the life that is unfolding within us.   

In this moving and opening conversation, Michael, Sophia and Heidi explored the larger canvas of place and place-making. In so doing, they made visible some of the patterns that shape our experience of community. They also explored how these relationships contribute to our observance of neighbourhoods, local businesses, landscapes, nature and culture. These relationships were viewed not only as discreet parts, but as rich textured ecosystems that are integral to the vitality of life.

Please find attached the slide deck for the presentation along with a number of links to other resources that emerged from the call, including:




Looking to keep learning?

  • Join us for our next Communities of Belonging session Re-generativity, Resilience and Renewal: Place-Making and Reconciliation on Friday June 3, 2016 from 12-1pm EDT. On this call, Michael will be joined by Erin Dixon of the Ontario Provincial Police, Aboriginal Awareness Unit, Community Initiatives, Catherine Twinn, Lawyer and Mediator from Slave Lake, AB and Bill Phipps, past moderator with the United Church of Canada.
  • Join the conversation on the Placemaking Canada fb group
  • Join in on the conversations for Placemaking week happening in Vancouver this September 2016