The Ontario Native Women’s Association is reinforcing its people’s connection to the land with a community garden initiative.
The garden will not only demonstrate Aboriginal cultural teachings but also provide the community with an opportunity to participate in both creating and maintaining the garden, said Betty Kennedy, executive director for ONWA.
“Given the issues of poverty with some of our communities, we feel it’s very important that we provide teachings around the garden, in particular that relate to our cultural teachings, as a way to provide both the nourishment and appropriate level of food people require,” said Kennedy.
They can then teach the next generations, she added.
The garden was planted with the idea of the Three Sisters concept behind it. The Oneida creation story tells how the gifts of corn, beans and squash were received from the Skywoman, the great grandmother of the tribe.
“As we work the garden together to strengthen each other, it’s also a good example of people living well and properly with Mother Earth by respecting the past and providing for future generations,” said Kennedy.
In addition to growing fruits and vegetables, Kennedy said they also are looking to plant some traditional medicines.
For more information on how to get involved, call 623-3442.
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