Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden
Blessing the seeds March 2021 Equinox
By stewarding the small greenspace adjacent to St. Matt’s differently, the IPSG and Garden Crew volunteers seek to model how even small urban spaces may become sites of re-connection with Creation and respect for Indigenous spirituality.
“Our ways, of seeing and being on this earth, are much like the Hebrew people,” teach the Caretakers of our Indigenous Circle in their 2018 Calls to the United Church of Canada. “We can hear creation and have learned from all our relations, the animals, the water folk, the plant families, our mother the earth.”
Gifted the name Noojimo’iwein Gitigaan/Healing Garden by Elder Peduhbun Migizi Kwe at our Fall Equinox Ceremony in 2020, the greenspace is Toronto’s first National Healing Forest Initiative, “a place for healing, learning, sharing, and reflection about Canada’s history and the legacy of Indian residential schools.”
If you wish to volunteer in the garden, contact Robin Buyers.