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Indigenous Healing Garden

Rendered Concept of Indigenous Healing Garden on the 7th floor courtyard
We aim to transform the Ted Rogers School of Management courtyard into an Indigenous healing garden and learning space with plant medicines known to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and decrease anxiety.

Plans for Indigenous Healing Garden moving forward (In the news: September 07, 2022)

Ted Rogers School welcomes consultation for Indigenous healing garden (In the news: March 01, 2021)

Key Milestones

TRSM Courtyard

Phase 1: Research and Education
(May 2020 – August 2020)

A Knowledge Keepers Speaker Series of six webinars was held over three months. This speaker series aimed to establish partnerships with both the internal and external Indigenous communities, in line with TRC’s call to action 92.

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Phase 2: Consultation
(September 2020 – Current)

Consultation with the internal and external Indigenous communities of the Ted Rogers School, faculty and students is essential for this initiative. This will ensure the healing garden is created on the consensus and guidance of the community and those who will be using the space.

An advisory circle was established, consisting of internal stakeholders. They will be consulted throughout this phase and beyond to ensure the correct protocols are being taken, and best practices are being met.

Students sitting in a auditorium

We are incredibly grateful to the following individuals for sharing their time, knowledge, wisdom and guidance:

Healing Garden Consulting & Advising Circle
Joanne Dallaire Elder (Ke Shay Hayo)
Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Samantha Howden Indigenous Field Assistant & Master of Social Work student
Jeremy Caribou Indigenous Initiatives Liaison Lead
Amy Desjarlais Lead, Rebirthed Teachings Working Group
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group of students at a workshop


For consultation, three design workshops were hosted by SpruceLab (external link, opens in new window) , a planning and landscape architecture firm, in March 2021:

  • With the Indigenous community
  • With the non-Indigenous community
  • With both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities

From these workshops, a report was created, compiling all the discussions, collaborative work and lists possible next steps the Ted Rogers School should take.

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Sana Mulji, Senior Advisor, External Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships