Smudging at the March 2022 Equinox ceremony at St. Matthew's Indigenous Healing Garden. (Harold Durnford)

Indigenous People's Solidarity Group

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group (IPSG) was founded in 2018, as congregants and community members acted on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We aspire to live in accordance with St. Matt’s Territorial Acknowledgement, now posted streetside, which recognizes 15,000 years of Indigenous history in this place as well as our commitment as settlers to the Land and its first stewards.


The IPSG hosts regular ceremonies and events—including book studies, Indigenous Song Circles, liturgies, and other activities—as well as oversees Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden.


Sign up for the St. Matt’s e-newsletter for regular invitations and reflections from the IPSG, and/or contact Outreach Coordinator Betsy Anderson to join.

Past Events

  • March 20, 2022: Spring Equinox and blessing of the seeds

  • Feb. 19 2022: Book study, Hope Matters

  • December 19, 2021:Winter solstice ceremony 

  • National Truth & Reconciliation Day with Holy Blossom Temple/ Orange Shirt Day at Christie Pits

  • Fall Equinox Ceremony

  • Water is Life Garrison Creek Walk

  • 2021 Book Study on "Jonny Appleseed" by Joshua Whitehead

  • June 20, 2021: Summer Solstice ceremony

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Honour the Treaties flag at St. Matthew's (photo by Olivia)

March 2022 Equinox ceremony in  Noojimo'iwewin Gitigaan Healing Garden.  (Harold Durnford)


The Noojimo’iwein Gitigaan/Healing Garden is Toronto’s first National Healing Forest Initiative.