June 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST INDIGENOUS GARDENS PLANTED ON PORTAGE AVENUE
Downtown Winnipeg – Building on the success of many visual enhancements on Portage Avenue, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, APTN, RBC, and the City of Winnipeg – with help from the business community and many volunteers – planted the first Indigenous garden on one of downtown’s major thoroughfares, comprised of five garden beds in front of APTN, showcasing indigenous/native planting schemes and materials.
From June 16-18, members of our Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Customer Service Team will be positioned in front of APTN – talking to our office workers, business leaders, and general community about the traditional uses of each Indigenous plant, furthering our awareness about the diverse culture and traditions of aboriginal people.
“The aim of our first Indigenous garden on Portage Avenue is to build on our work towards ensuring downtown is inviting, welcoming, alluring and a visually attractive place that will leave tourists and visitors with a memorable and positive impression,” says Ari Driver, Chair of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Placemaking Committee.
The Indigenous garden hopes to enhance the quality of life and increase community experience, promote communication about Indigenous culture and improve the visual landscape of downtown, in addition to:
- Bringing communities together
- Building a common experience
- Promoting a conversation and education about Indigenous culture and tradition
- Improving the visual landscape of the city block, improving perceptions
To learn more and/or to get involved, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Managing Director
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040