I was on top of a small mountain inside an ancient forest. I heard loud thunder behind me, but a sudden sunburst of light from the east appeared directly in front of me, nearly blinding me. I could faintly see a figure walking toward me silently, as the sunburst of light started to fade. As I began to focus I could see that this figure was an indigenous man. He was surrounded by animals of the forest, they seemed to be walking with him as if they knew him as a friend. He stopped. He was holding up above his shoulder a wampum belt in his left hand. His right hand was waving in rhythm with his spoken words, "Walking Thunder, I am Deganawidah, I want you to plant my trees across the land of my birth." He placed the wampum belt over my left shoulder and shaped-shifted into an eagle and flew directly straight up into the sky circling seven times, moon-wise (counter-clock-wise). His voice echoing back to me, "44 trees of peace." Where he had stood in front of me was left a small circle of stones with a small fire within. I took from my pouch a pinch of tobacco and place it into the fire as I gave my address of prayers of Thanksgiving. "I will," is all I said.
And so I will act out my dream-vision, from the Vision-Giver...
Tree of Peace Unity Walk
Dream-Vison of Deganawidah - the Peacemaker
The Tree of Peace Unity Walk, the dream-vision of the Deganawidah, the Peacemaker, came to me from the Vision Giver. The vision is to bring Canadian First Nation People’s and non-indigenous peoples of all walks of life together to walk hand-in-hand for the healing of our past and move forward, with respect and honour for each other. To be a peace nation and a model for the world.
We will plant 44 Trees of Peace (White Pine) in communities across Canada during the Tree of Peace Unity Walk, including a call for each provincial parliament to have a Tree of Peace planted on parliament grounds.
The Tree of Peace Unity Walk calls by petition, the planting of a National Tree of Peace on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at the conclusion of the walk.
Tree of Peace Unity Walk, Queen’s Park, Sunday August 28, 2016 – Sunday August 20, 2017 (52 weeks)
Every Sunday at 2pm Jesse-Blue "Oak" Forrest (Walking Thunder) will walk seven times around the Ontario Parliament at Queen’s Park in Toronto carrying the Tree of Peace Unity Walk flag. The walk is done moon-wise (counter clock-wise) around the building. This walk is to petition the Ontario Legislative Assembly to plant a provincial Tree of Peace on parliament grounds, petitions are available for signing. To join, arrive at 1:45pm in the parking lot at the south side of the parliament building, all are welcome. During this time period Walking Thunder will be giving talks on the Tree of Peace Unity Walk across Ontario.
* The Peacemaker was born on Eagle Hill, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario. The planting of the first Tree of Peace on provincial grounds will be done in Ontario in honour of the Peacemaker's birth and birthplace.
Tree of Peace Unity Walk (Phase 2), Queen's Park, Saturday August 26, 2017 - Saturday February 10, 2018 (26 weeks)
This phase of the walk is dedicated to the Indigenous Youth Suicide Crisis, in support of Grass Roots Indigenous Women which is holding an urgent vigil for Indigenous children and youth called Ground Zero INAC, Toronto.
Every Saturday at 1:30pm Jesse-Blue "Oak" Forrest (Walking Thunder) will walk seven times around, starting in front (south side) of the Ontario Parliament building, walking around the building including the Queen’s Park on the north side of the Parliament, and continuing back to the front of the Parliament carrying the Tree of Peace Unity Walk flag. The walk is done moon-wise (counter clock-wise) around the building and Queen's Park. This walk is to petition the Ontario Legislative Assembly to plant a provincial Tree of Peace on parliament grounds, petitions are available for signing. To join, arrive at 1:15pm in the parking lot at the south side of the parliament building, all are welcome.
* The original Tree of Peace was planted at the head waters of Onondaga Lake in New York on August 31, 1142. This was the birth of the Great Law of Peace - Spiritual Democracy, and the Iroquois Confederation.
Tree of Peace Unity Walk phase one, Saturday March 10, 2018 - autumn 2018
The first leg of the National Walk begins on the Highway of Tears starting from Prince Rupert to Prince George, British Columbia, on Saturday March 10, 2018, in memory of the victims of the Highway of Tears. Along the route of the Highway of Tears Walking Thunder will be planting 25 Trees of Peace (not including the 44 Trees of Peace) in honour of each of the women. He will be continuing the walk across British Columbia and across the country and will culminate when Walking Thunder has walked the across the country and arrives in Ottawa in the autumn of 2018.
Tree of Peace Unity Walk Canadian Territories Visit, Winter 2018/2019
Walking Thunder visits the Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut for Tree of Peace Unity Walk ceremonies with communities and First Nations Peoples.
Tree of Peace Unity Walk phase two, Saturday April 13, 2019 – Saturday September 21, 2019
The second phase of the walk begins in St. John's, Newfoundland and culminates in Ottawa on International Peace Day, Saturday September 21, 2019.
How to get involved:
First Nations People’s and non-indigenous peoples of Canada, walk together in unity to follow the four White Roots of Peace that will lead us to the Tree of Peace. As we walk, we will honour the territories of the First Nations People’s and Traditional Councils. It is time to heal and move forward together, for the next seven generations.
“You pick the path that’s yours
and the Creator
will show you your mission."
-Tadodaho Chief Leon Shenandoah