A new Indigenous garden is officially opening at Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus
Located just north of the Centre for Learning building, the 6000-square-foot na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden contains 47 different types of plants that are used by, and of significance to, the region’s First Nations.
The garden was established to celebrate and recognize the history and knowledge of the region’s Indiginous people, with input and support from Westbank First Nation, the City of Kelowna, Growing Inspired Garden Education and Design, Ntityix Resources and the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club.
The na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden’s name reflects the “close relationship that Indigenous people maintain with plants and the land.” This includes maintenance of the land, selection and use of plants for food, technology, medicines, ceremonial purposes and the sharing of knowledge.
The garden is open to the public, and boasts nearly 50 varieties of plants that are of cultural and historical significance to the region’s Indigenous people.
The na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden is maintained by Okanagan College with the support of a volunteer garden task force, made up of college employees and community members, and the college’s Student Sustainability Development Club.
More information is available here.