Nova Scotia Journal

On Nova Scotia’s south shore, a historic land transfer has happened

Nova Scotia's south shore

Key Takeaways:

  • Jim and Margaret Drescher have owned Windhorse Farm in New Germany, Nova Scotia, for over 30 years and are well-versed in the land.
  • However, the pair have decided to return it to people who are more familiar with it.

“We walked through the old-growth forest and the gardens, down to the river and into the lake, and we thought this land belonged to the Mi’kmaq people,” Margaret Drescher says.

Read Also: Israel will ban foreigners from all countries from entering the country

The farm is situated on 200 acres, of which 180 acres are undeveloped forest that was first settled by the Wentzell family 150 years ago. They eventually sold it to the Drescher’s, who run it as a wilderness retreat.

Ownership has now been transferred to the Ulnooweg Education Centre, an Indigenous-led charitable organization, through a combination of purchase and gift. The Ulnooweg Education Centre’s chief operating officer is Chris Googoo.

He says they will continue to use the land for healing and education.

“To us, it’s more than just a piece of property,” Googoo says. “I just had visions of our Indigenous and non-Indigenous children running through the forest, that ancient forest, and learning about our interconnectedness with Mother Nature.”

Googoo believes this is the first time a land transfer has occurred with an Indigenous charity in Nova Scotia. “I’m sure it’s now in the right hands,” Drescher says. Windhorse Farms could be back in the hands of the Mi’kmaq People as soon as next week, after more than three years of negotiations.

The Drescher’s say visitors have always been welcome to walk the farm’s 23 kilometers of trails, a tradition that will continue once the land is returned to the Mi’kmaq People.

Source: CTV News

Show More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *