Indigenous People's Solidarity Group
Smudging at the March 2022 Equinox ceremony at St. Matthew's Indigenous Healing Garden. (Harold Durnford)
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.
Anyone can join the gardening, reconciliation and spiritual events being held in the 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. Keep up with our activities on Facebook.
The Noojimo’iwein Gitigaan/Healing Garden is Toronto’s first National Healing Forest project.
Some upcoming events:
Indigenous Teaching Garden
Postponed until Oct. 16 – 2:00 PM: Niibi bimaadiziwin Garrison Creek Walk: Meet at the northwest corner of Bloor St. W. and Christie St. Led by Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan Co-Lead, Vanessa Barnes, this walk ends at Trinity-Bellwoods Park.