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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 1, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Garden

Mino-Kummik: Aboriginal Community Garden



Mino-Kummik, the Ojibwa word for good, bountiful earth has flourished from an idea to a reality for the Aboriginal Initiatives office thanks to funding from the university and collaborative support from the university's sustainability office, physical resources and local non-profit organization REEP Green Solution.

It features a vegetable and fruit garden, ceremony space and a seating area. It also has a 2,350-litre rain-harvesting cistern, which REEP installed to irrigate the garden in a sustainable manner.

"Across the country, aboriginal people are really concerned about the environment and sustainable practices so we were very happy when that became part of our garden, we just feel that it fits," Becker said.

The garden is also open for class instruction, campus group meetings or student study space.

For aboriginal students, it can become a place where they reconnect with their heritage.


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