Changing spaces: Professors work with Elder, youth to create Indigenous garden in urban setting – University of Toronto

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Changing spaces: Professors work with Elder, youth to create Indigenous garden in urban setting – University of Toronto

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 2022163 Views

Walking north along McCaul Street toward College Street in downtown Toronto, it’s easy to miss the narrow garden alongside of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health building – a small sliver of green space surrounded by buildings that compete for, and often win, the attention of passersby. But the small garden is anything but insignificant.

Last year, Angela Mashford-Pringle, associate director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and an assistant professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, collaborated with Elder Whabagoon and Associate Professor Liat Margolis – both from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design – to renew the space with plants native to the land.

The project stemmed from Answering the Call Wecheehetowin: Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – specifically the Calls to Action related to Indigenous spaces on campus and to demonstrate and advocate for decolonial land-based teaching and environmental stewardship.

Read More: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/changing-spaces-professors-work-elder-youth-create-indigenous-garden-urban-setting

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