Recently I was sorry to learn of the death of Leonard Dokis.
By all accounts Leonard was a highly respected and well-loved member of the Dokis First Nation.
He served two terms as Chief of Dokis First Nation, had been a Councillor for over 40 years and had done much in these capacities and in other ways to serve his community.
He was also an Advisor to the Board of the French River Provincial Park.
Over the years Leonard also worked variously as a fishing and hunting guide, gravel truck and bulldozer operator, logger, game warden and fire chief. Leonard ran the Migisi Fish Hatchery for the Dokis First Nation for 15 years with the help of volunteers from Dokis.
A Lasting Impression
Leonard Dokis managed to leave an impression even on me, depsite never having met him.
There is a modern, yet charming interpretive centre on the edge of the French River Provincial Park, run by Ontario Parks. The centre contains numerous displays explaining the geology, history, nature, human history and culture of the French River. Some of these displays are interactive, including recordings of local people telling stories.
One had struck a chord with me on my first visit to the centre several years ago. On a more recent trip I made a recording of my own using my camera.
It contains what I consider to be some wise words about our relationship with nature, how we need to slow down to see more and the impressions we leave behind.
Click the play button below to listen.
The man speaking is Leonard Dokis.[audio: https://frontierbushcraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/The-Way-I-Look-At-It.mp3 | titles=The Way I Look At It (mp3)]
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