Spiritual, beautiful, peaceful, sacred, that is my description of our journey this weekend. My uncle and three great-aunts, one great uncle are buried on Pine Island in Red Lake. This island is now owned privately and this weekend the owner’s son, took us to visit the burial sites. I don’t remember ever being there before, though I have been there as a child with my parents. We took my parents along so that they could help us navigate but it was actually my cousin Brenda and friend Kaaren Dannenmann who found the site. My uncle was buried there about 65 years ago.
After visiting the graves and leaving gifts, we stopped by Cameron Island on our way back to Red Lake. Cameron Island is also now owned privately. My grandfather’s cabin/house that he purchased and put on this island was destroyed by the township in the early sixties when the township was destroying many homes that were occupied by the First Nations people because they were not purchased from the town and were not paying taxes. My grandfather bought the house and hauled it to the island and settled there.
You can read more about it in my book This Land, These Waters!
Here is the video that I took.