FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2019
ANNUAL INDIGENOUS GARDENS RETURNS FOR FIFTH YEAR IN DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG
Winnipeg, MB – The fifth annual Indigenous Gardens, an initiative launched by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee and Placemaking Committee, will once again take root at Air Canada Park on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Following a song and a blessing of the plants, the Gardens will be planted by community volunteers lead by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ staff.
The Gardens will showcase a variety of Indigenous plants and material, complete with on-site signage to give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the plants and their importance to Indigenous life and culture.
To celebrate the fifth year and to bring more awareness to the area, local Indigenous artist, Peatr Thomas, has painted the sidewalk on the north side of Portage from Carlton to Hargrave (925 ft.) with the colours of the traditional medicine wheel (black, white, yellow and red), bringing vibrancy to the area. The painting took a total of nine hours and nineteen cans of spray paint to complete.
“The planting of the annual Indigenous Gardens is an important project that allows us to share the diversity of the Indigenous culture and traditions through the streetscaping of our downtown,” says Kate Fenske, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “We hope these gardens bring communities together and promote a conversation downtown.”
“We are extremely delighted to continue collaborating with Downtown Winnipeg BIZ on this culturally significant and beautiful project,” says Jean La Rose, CEO of APTN.
Plants that will be featured in the Garden will include: Bergamot, Giant Blue Hyssop, Prairie Sage, Rudbeckia Laciniata and Purple Fountain Grass – these will be added to the existing Cedars and Sweet Grass.
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