Indigenous gardens and organizations
This is not a comprehensive list! If we are missing important and relevant projects or organizations, please let us know.
Indigenous gardens and farms in Tkaronto (Toronto)
Re-Sistering gitiganings - Our Space and Ehnatig (Maple) in Etienne Brule Park on Niwa’ah onega’haih’ih/Kobechenonk (colonial name: Humber River) https://taiaiakon.wordpress.com/category/re-sistering-project/
Mashkikii;aki’ing Medicine Wheel Garden https://www.nameres.org/programs/
Crosby Gitigaan at Malvern Urban Farm - Ojibwe & Shawnee Family owned farm showcasing Indigenous agriculture. Grown by Isaac Crosby, Aiden Crosby & Myra Crosby
Indigenous Garden at UTSC https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/
Niiwin Wendaanimak (Four Winds) program at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre – gardens at Queen West and Parkdale sites https://pqwchc.org/programs-services/niiwin-wendaanimak-four-winds/
Deeply Rooted Black and Indigenous Farmers' Market Sundays 9 am - 2pm at 455 Cosburn Ave.
Native Child and rooftop Family Services Toronto garden and sweat lodge 30 College St. https://nativechild.org/ https://www.greenroofs.com/projects/native-child-and-family-services-of-toronto-ncfst/
Mia’s Medicine Garden, Christie Pits and Traditional Food Garden at Ashbridges Estate https://ojibiikaan.com/our-projects/community/
Kahontake Kitikan Garden https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-opens-traditional-medicine-garden-summer
Medicine Wheel Garden on Wendat Lands in Eglinton Park https://www.facebook.com/GardengroupWendatIndigenousGarden/
Miinikaan Innovation and Design has installed a number of Indigenous gardens in the GTA https://www.miinikaan.com/portfolio-intro
Sweetgrass Roots Collective Garden at Black Creek Community Farm. Video interview with Joce Two-Crows Tremblay https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bki35_iHbL_VM5sbYKHrJ8thI5N_2bky/view
Noojimo'iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden created by the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group at St Matt's United Church, working with Elder Peduhbun Migizi Kwe (Catherine Brooks) https://www.stmattsunited.com/noojimo-iwewin-gitigaan-healing-gar
Greenest City, a project of West Neighbourhood House, supports Indigenous gardens and placemaking at the Milky Way and Dunn Parkette Community Gardens https://greenestcity.ca/urban-agriculture
Indigenous organizations – Tkaronto (Toronto)
Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin provides healthy, whole, fresh and traditional Indigenous foods to local Elders and Indigenous folks that are houseless and living in the encampments in Toronto. Instagram site.
https://indigenousto.ca/ Indigenous Toronto portal with links to Indigenous organizations
City of Toronto Indigenous Affairs Office https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accessibility-human-rights/indigenous-affairs-office/
Toronto's Reconciliation Action Plan https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/reconciliation-action-plan/
Turtle Protectors Mishiikenh Gizhaasowin is an Indigenous guided stewardship program that is supported by Indigenous Elders and community members. Turtle Protectors advocate, support and protect our Turtle relatives living within High Park while embracing all of our kin!
https://ncct.on.ca/ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
http://www.councilfire.ca/ Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre runs an Indigenous garden program in Regent Park and the Indigenous Residential School Survivor project to create an Indigenous garden in Nathan Philips Square.
https://taiaiakon.wordpress.com/ Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society is an Indigenous led group that has worked to protect sacred sites in High Park.
https://indigenouslandstewardshipto.wordpress.com/ - Indigenous stewardship in Toronto’s parks, resources around Toronto’s commitment to reconciliation
https://firststoryblog.wordpress.com/ app and website sharing Indigenous history and present-day stories from Toronto
https://thethreesistershouse.wordpress.com/ N’swo N’shiimenhig Endaayaat speaking, teaching and demonstrations about Aboriginal food practices and restoring Mother Earth
http://nwrct.ca/ Native Women’s Resource Centre
https://ojibiikaan.com/ Ojibikaan Indigenous Cultural Network
http://www.2spirits.com/ 2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations https://www.facebook.com/2-Spirited-People-of-the-1st-Nations-1841697149379183/
Universities and colleges
Most universities and colleges have offices that offer educational and cultural resources to the broader community in addition to providing supports to Indigenous students.
Tkaronto CIRCLE Lab Dr. Eve Tuck at OISE has gathered a team of Indigenous graduate students, Black graduate students, and graduate students of colour to work on an intersection of Indigenous and participatory research methodologies. Projects include a Collaborative Indigenous Research Digital Garden.
https://iejproject.info.yorku.ca/ The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project, a 5-year SSHRC-funded initiative based out of York University, is working to develop a distinctive EJ framework that is informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.
The Urban Farm at TMU has an Indigenous Foodways project on their rooftop farm.
https://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/institutes/wbiih/ Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health
https://www.instagram.com/nikibii_dawadinna_giigwag/ Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag is a land-based education and summer employment program for Indigenous youth at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. See also https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/news/mon-sep-20-2021-12am/inside-nikibii-dawadinna-giigwag-program-connects-indigenous-youth
https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/oise/About_OISE/Indigenous_Initiatives/index.html - Indigenous Education Network and faculty members
https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/deepeningknowledge/ - resources for and about Aboriginal education
Indigenous organizations – Ontario
http://mncfn.ca/about-mncfn/ Mississaugas of the Credit River
Ontario Indigenous Women’s Water Commission – fact sheets http://www.onwa.ca/article/ontario-indigenous-womens-water-commission-1234.asp
Indigenous organizations - Canada
Native Women’s Association of Canada – fact sheets and links for issues including climate change, food and water https://www.nwac.ca/policy-areas/climate-change/ https://www.nwac.ca/policy-areas/food/ https://www.nwac.ca/policy-areas/water/
https://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/ - national food policies, toolkits for conducting food assessments
RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) – legal fund and information on Indigenous land claims https://raventrust.com/
KAIROS is a social justice-focused settler organization that provides the Blanket Exercise, a workshop to educate non-Indigenous people about Indigenous history and current struggles. https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/blanket-exercise
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