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Indigenous Healing Garden
Phase 1: Research and Education
(May 2020 – August 2020)
A Knowledge Keepers Speaker Series of six webinars was held over three months. This speaker series aimed to establish partnerships with both the internal and external Indigenous communities, in line with TRC’s call to action 92.
Phase 2: Consultation
(September 2020 – Current)
Consultation with the internal and external Indigenous communities of the Ted Rogers School, faculty and students is essential for this initiative. This will ensure the healing garden is created on the consensus and guidance of the community and those who will be using the space.
An advisory circle was established, consisting of internal stakeholders. They will be consulted throughout this phase and beyond to ensure the correct protocols are being taken, and best practices are being met.
We are incredibly grateful to the following individuals for sharing their time, knowledge, wisdom and guidance:
|Healing Garden Consulting & Advising Circle
||Elder (Ke Shay Hayo)
Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
||Indigenous Field Assistant & Master of Social Work student
||Indigenous Initiatives Liaison Lead
||Lead, Rebirthed Teachings Working Group
For consultation, three design workshops were hosted by SpruceLab, external link, opens in new window, a planning and landscape architecture firm, in March 2021:
- With the Indigenous community
- With the non-Indigenous community
- With both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
From these workshops, a report was created, compiling all the discussions, collaborative work and lists possible next steps the Ted Rogers School should take.
Indigenous Initiatives Consulting Workshops Summary Report
Sana Mulji Dutt, Senior Advisor, External Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships