Located at the corner of St. Clair West and Rushton Road, the Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden recognizes 15,000 years of Indigenous history, as well as the many Indigenous people who now live in Toronto. Stewarded by members of the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group (IPSG) at St. Matthew’s United Church, and guided by Elder-in-Residence Peduhbun Migizi Kwe/Catherine Brooks, this small greenspace is home to over 100 species of native plants. Both the land and the water are acknowledged in signage that situates the garden between the “lost rivers” of Taddle and Garrison Creeks, and identifies the four sacred medicines – tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar – that grow here. For more information about the greenspace and the many activities organized by the IPSG, see: https://www.stmattsunited.com/indigenous-people-s-solidarity-grou
Photos courtesy Olizia Dziwik and Marcelle St. Amant.