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Connecting People to Plants
goodworm offers unique environmental education with a focus on:
soil science + conservation
food growing + seed saving skills
relationship with Land + native plants
climate change action
growing as treaty people
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Land Acknowledgement + Call To Action
Turtle Island is home to the Land, trees, water, plants, animals, and insects that diverse groups of Indigenous People lived in balance with since time immemorial before European Settler Colonialism. Today, the majority of biodiverstiy is protected by Indigenous Land + Water Defenders.
goodworm is located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (aka Edmonton), plant hardiness zone 3b, and Treaty 6 territory; which is the traditional land of the nêhiyaw (Nay-hee-yow), Dené (Deh-neyh), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-in-ah-bay), Nakota Isga (Na-koh-tah ee-ska), and Niitsitapi (Nit-si-tahp-ee) Peoples including the Métis homeland and the home of one of the largest communities of Inuit south of the 60th parallel.
Indigenous people entered into the treaty agreement with the Age Old Principles of Sharing according to the Natural Law and thus did not agree to concepts of "purchasing", "privatizing" or "developing" Land. As gardeners and Treaty People we must hold this understanding in our relationships to Land and do everything we can to bring Mother Earth back to health following the lead of Indigenous peoples. I encourage you to reflect on your relationship with Land and what plants (native vs invasive) you choose to plant and tend to. Find out more about the Fundamental Treaty Principles and the intent of sharing of the Land as two sovereign nations here. Another great educational resource is: Raven Trust's 'Home on Native Land'
Here are some Indigenous groups to support, financially or otherwise: Prairie Sage Protectors Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders
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