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“A Walk Through History”

By Saeeda M Ali

December 8th, 2017

Niagara Falls


The walking tour through the streets of Niagara showcased the deep cultural and historical aspect of the region that is so often overshadowed by the brightly-lit and active tourist attractions. The Falls see many visitors every year who are unaware of the rich history and significance of the streets and buildings just outside that tourist strip. While the more popular area is indeed breath-taking, it is worth learning about the history of the surrounding area. It is because of the efforts by those who recognise the significance of the other parts of Niagara that the history and culture is being kept alive for people to see.

This historical walk began at the Niagara Falls History Museum with an introduction to the past of the area and the work of Seedling for Change. It emphasised the drive to create new value to the streets by connecting people of different ages and experiences through the walking tour project. There were various and significant stops along the way that emphasised five different aspects: history and heritage, industry and economy, culture and arts, community, and nature. The photos exhibited were taken by various members of the community which added even more significance to the walk, and highlighted that while the Falls are the most visibly magnificent part of the area, the river itself flows along the banks of an overlooked history and culture. The walk came to an end at the HI-Niagara Falls Youth Hostel, which is also the place where the Niagara Falls once was.

For the few hours, the participants connected on a personal level by sharing their own stories and thoughts with each other. For a short while, they became friends who were experiencing a different place that only they could see, as they each added their own pieces of knowledge and emotions to the places they visited. This way, the various stops that were highlighted through the photo exhibition also had more profound value due to the connections made by the participants that day. The people of the area are all connected in some way by the flow of the River, which has undergone constant change and shift through time. The pictures aptly describe this by showing water in its various forms, for all the water comes from the River. That day, the River once again formed connections between strangers who learned and experienced its immense and natural power.

The tour provided a wonderful and necessary perspective of the region marked by the Niagara River. It was successful in bringing together not just the past and present, but also the different people who contributed in adding new vitality to the tour. This showed that the rich, almost hidden culture of the region is also made more meaningful by the people who come together to experience this dynamic space.


Seedlings Open Air Painting Studio


Seedling for Change in Society and Environment and Niagara Military Museum invitation to participate


Seedlings Open Air Painting Studio

Share Peace, Discover Niagara River Mobile Mural

Water in Motion, Unity in Action | Making Connections We Create Value


When: September 16 and 17 2017
Event: Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival
Where: Firemen’s Park, Niagara Falls

Time: 10 am – 3 pm


We are inviting children, youth, and adults to reconnect and reflect on peace and the Niagara River and its watershed as diverse ecosystems through painting and story telling.


The Niagara River is nourished by an intricate array of watercourses that make up one vast watershed. The ebb and flow of water that sustain and connect all those who live on its watershed find their correspondence in the ethical and moral guidelines a society cultivates in order to foster non-violence among human and other-than-human rights-bearers such as animals, plants, forests, wetlands, watersheds, rivers, lakes, and oceans.
This activity aims at engaging children, youth, and adults in creative acts of celebration that contribute to remembering, restoring, renewing, and expanding the connection between society and environment.


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Facebook | Share Peace, Discover Niagara River

Facebook | Niagara Military Museum

Twitter @MDCSuescunPozas

Instagram @seedlingforchange


As a recipient of the 2017 Cultural Development Grant we gratefully acknowledge the City of Niagara Falls as well as Niagara Arts Showcase for this opportunity.


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The week after “A Day in the Life of Dr. Maria Del Carmen Suescun Pozas” came out in The Brock Press, Russ Higham surprised us with the gift of his art working in custodial services at Brock University. See below the art pieces he has worked on since 2013 when he started working as a floater in charge of setting out offices for staff and faculty and helping them move. All photos shown below can be clicked to view at a larger size.

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Insight: Special Collections and Archives at Brock

Poster highlighting Brock University's Special Collections

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Project Spotlight: Seed Researcher Ryan Laxton

In today’s Project Spotlight, we’re having a look at Ryan Laxton’s research from the 2016 Winter term.

Laxton’s work set out to explore the connection between Latin America and the Niagara Region through wine culture and industry. The connections he saw in this field were that both localities have an impact on the global wine industry, with Niagara being known as a wine region, while Latin America is known for its many unique wines, and ideal growing conditions. Both regions started off being viewed with less respect in the global wine industry, and known for cheaper, low-quality wines. Laxton observes their respective evolutions — Niagara coming to be known for its ice wines, and Latin America (specifically Chile and Argentina) coming to be known for their rarer red varieties, with Chile’s Carmenere having been thought of as extinct until recently rediscovered.

To facilitate his research, Laxton visited local Niagara archives and vineyards, interviewed people in the industry, and drove through wine country! The poster below highlights Laxton’s research and experiences through his project.

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