Interfaith Foodbank Celebrating Indigenous Culture

By Steffanie Costigan Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For centuries the Indigenous population in southern Alberta has grown and foraged a variety of plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables and now the Interfaith Foodbank hopes to return to these historic roots. Last year, the Interfaith Foodbank opened a new Indigenous garden to share with the community and educate people on the cultural influence of the Blackfoot and Piikani nations. The garden, Ih’taapiinii’mopa inn’siimaan (Healing Garden), is full of a variety of plants native to this region and known to have been used by the Indigenous people. Danielle McIntyre, executive director of the foodbank, says this will create an opportunity for people to learn about the plants and the culture simultaneously in a casual environment. “People can just come, they can self tour…

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