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Indigenous youth get hands-on link to Peoples’ Garden – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 2019197 Views

Assiniboine Park garden construction helps workers gain job skills, transition to city life

When Ashelle Dick moved from her community of Grand Rapids to set down new roots in Winnipeg, the 18-year-old was nervous about her new surroundings.

“It was overwhelming,” the Indigenous woman said.

On Wednesday, however, she looked to be at ease and in her element at Assiniboine Park, helping to build the Indigenous Peoples’ Garden. It is part of the mammoth $97.8-million Canada’s Diversity Gardens project. She and Geena North, 19, were among 30 youths from the North End’s Eagle Urban Transition Centre there to get work experience and make a connection with the place expected to open in the fall of 2021.

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