Toronto, ON

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group (IPSG) at St. Matthew’s United Church in Toronto was founded in 2018, as congregants and community members acted on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Located at the corner of St. Clair West and Rushton Road, the Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan Healing Garden recognizes 15,000 years of Indigenous history. Small plantings beneath and between the trees started in the fall of 2019. A circular food and traditional medicine garden was added the following spring. In marking the fall equinox, Elder Peduhbun Migizi Kwe/Catherine Brooks named the greenspace Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan. New signage identifies the four sacred medicines that grow on the site – tobacco, sweetgrass, white sage, and white cedar. Elder Catherine now serves as the Elder-in-Residence. For more information: https://www.stmattsunited.com/indigenous-people-s-solidarity

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