Niagara College hosts grand opening for Indigenous Garden at Welland campus

Indigenous students and staff at Niagara College's Welland Campus can now feel closer to nature thanks to a dedicated outdoor space.

A grand opening was held yesterday for the new Indigenous Garden designed by Teri Sherwood, a horticulture technician at the college and a member of the Oneida nation of the Thames, Turtle Clan. 

“I am very pleased with the final look and proud to be a part of this beautiful garden, and part of a college that supports creative ideas and Indigenous culture," Sherwood says.

Corn, beans, squash, cedar, white sage, sweet grass, and tobacco are all part of the garden.

A cedar bench was also donated by the NC Retirees Association.

"Our new Indigenous garden at Welland Campus is significant because it recognizes and honours the deep connection to land for Indigenous peoples," said Lianne Gagnon, director of Student Services. "It is important to provide a space outdoors where Indigenous students can go to reflect and participate in ceremonies, and it serves as a teaching tool on Indigenous culture for our students and staff. Learning from the land and connecting to it is important for all of us."