Okanagan to create Indigenous garden in prominent campus location

March 2, 2017

Okanagan College has announced that it will create a new 6,000 square-foot Indigenous garden. The garden is meant to show the relationship between nature and Indigenous people, its name being a Nsyilxcen word meaning “the things that we do.” The garden will reportedly feature over 50 plants and is the product of close collaborations with local elders, historians, and members of surrounding First Nations communities. “This relationship we have with each other and the natural environment is rooted in being respectful and thankful,” said Okanagan Aboriginal Services Coordinator Anthony Isaac in a release. “We make offerings before we harvest, saying our thanks to the plants or animals for giving their lives for us and never taking too much.” Infotel | Okanagan