Dozens come out to plant Indigenous food forest in East Vancouver

Dozens of people gathered on Tuesday, National Indigenous Peoples Day, in Vancouver’s Oxford Park to plant an Indigenous food forest filled with plants native to the area. 

Gooseberry, strawberry and salmon berry bushes, yarrow and other Indigenous plants, some used for food and others for medicine, will now begin to grow in the park, showcasing greenery that was once much more common on the West Coast.

The project is part of the city’s plan to create a sustainable and decolonized local food system, and is a collaboration between community organizations including the Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation and Aboriginal Mother Centre Society. 

Leona Brown, who is of Gitxsan and Nisga’a descent, works for

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