Artist invites volunteers to pull invasive plants from Vancouver Island forest as an act of decolonization

Once a month, a few dozen people gather in a backyard on a small First Nation on southern Vancouver Island to remove ivy — and in doing so, they help decolonize the land, the founder of the volunteering event says. 

The W̱S͸ḴEM Ivy Project is the brainchild Sarah Jim and it happens on her family’s land, which is some of the only remaining forest on the Tsyecum First Nation. 

The forest, on the Saanich peninsula just north of Victoria, is overrun with invasive English ivy which chokes out native species. 

But since the project started two years ago, Jim and her family have seen traditional plants, and animals, return. 

The ivy in Sarah

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