Parkdale, Downtown Toronto | Greenest City | 2019
On City-owned land, such as parks, Indigenous people and community members often meet many institutional barriers to practicing ceremony, planting, and harvesting.
The Milky Way Indigenous Initiative will focus on facilitating access for Indigenous-centred intergenerational knowledge sharing, land stewardship practices, traditions and ceremonies, and sustainable food systems learning.
The project aims to provide a way forward, centering discussions of urban land stewardship around Truth and Reconciliation. It has the unique position of taking place on Toronto’s first community-owned land—held by the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust.
Led by Greenest City, with the support of Indigenous Elders, the Milky Way Indigenous Initiative builds on Greenest City’s work with community members at the Milky Way Urban Agriculture and Community Hub in Parkdale.
“The Milky Way space is uniquely community-run in an institution heavy city. This initiative will provide the opportunity to come full circle to the roots of 87 Milky Way and bring together newcomers, Indigenous People and diverse community members to build knowledge, right relations, and a path forward in stewarding this land and relationships together.” — Angela ElzingaCheng, Executive Director of Greenest City.
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