March 2017 — Professor S. tells the class that we will be visited by former Congressman Steve Israel and members of the CANA Foundation. Since my fellow students and I were in a Native American Literature class we figured the Foundation, along with the former Congressman, would discuss issues pertinent to the Native American population.
When Manda Kalimian and Will Strongheart of the CANA Foundation along with Steve Israel joined our class, I along with my fellow classmates had the privilege of learning about what the Foundation does. The CANA Foundation is an organization centered around the idea of rewilding. According to the CANA Foundation’s website rewilding is defined as “…aspiring to bring all things back to their original natural state of being, while living harmoniously together.”
Learning about the concept of rewilding and how it pertains to humans and animals was an eye-opening experience for me. A main focus of the Foundation is to give wild horses that have been captured by the government and held in prison-like cells back to their homeland. As a volunteer I have had the privilege of meeting multiple horses and those experiences alone taught me that these creatures have a deep spiritual connection with humans, nature and hope. The CANA Foundation’s mission is one everyone can get behind because it is meant to benefit all living creatures. I am so lucky to have had the experience and exposure to such a great organization. I encourage anyone who has heard about the Foundation to check us out and get involved!