May 30, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Planting Seeds of Reconciliation
Two beautiful story posts created in honour of truth and reconciliation will be installed this year to enhance the Indigenous Gardens project. The Indigenous Gardens initiative was first launched 4 years ago by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee and Placemaking Committee.
The Gardens will be located in Air Canada Park and will showcase a variety of Indigenous plants and materials, complete with on-site educational signage to give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the plants and their importance to Indigenous life and culture.
“The Indigenous Gardens bring together the best of nature and culture and is a real example of how important our Indigenous community is to the fabric of Winnipeg,” says Stefano Grande, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Only by connecting with our spiritual past can we continue to grow and heal as a community.”
Plants featured in the Garden include: Sweet Grass, Lobelia, Guara, Black Eyed Susan, White Cedar, Wild Strawberry and Artemesia.
The Indigenous Gardens hope to 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
The Indigenous Gardens build on the success of many visual enhancements along downtown’s major streets. The Indigenous Gardens celebrate the culture and traditions of our Indigenous community and adds to the list of Indigenous placemaking efforts, such as the Indigenous Artwalk and Indigenous Languages Decal Initiative.
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Mike Brown, Media Relations
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About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee
Initiated in 2014, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Indigenous Advisory Committee aims to act as a formal liaison between the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Management Board and Indigenous peoples/stakeholders. In the spirit of partnership and collaboration, the objectives of this committee are two-fold: (1) to encourage feedback from Indigenous peoples on the programs led by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and (2) to acknowledge Indigenous history, culture, and traditions.
The BIZ’s Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, Manito Ahbee Festival, Red Road Lodge, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, Portage Place Shopping Centre, and representatives from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Management Board. The ideas, visions, and suggestions for Indigenous initiatives emanates from this core group, in addition to comprehensive engagement with the broader community.
To learn more and/or to get involved, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.