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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Opening of Medicine Wheel Garden

On June 14th, St. Timothy School celebrated the official opening of their Medicine Wheel Garden. They welcomed TCDSB Elder, Clay Shirt, Mrs. Pike from the parent community, Ms. DeCandido the CSPC Chair, and Vanessa Pinto from the Equity, Diversity, and Indigenous Education Department. Staff and students gathered in front of the school around the Medicine Wheel and through prayer, song and reflection we joined as a community to celebrate our faith in this TCDSB pastoral year of “We Belong” and the meaningful connection that it has to the rich Aboriginal tradition of the Medicine Wheel.

Last year, the school's ECO Team set out with the goal of creating a Medicine Wheel garden in the hopes of strengthening and reconciling our relationship with the environment and relationship with First Nations in Canada. They were very fortunate to have Clay Shirt  help deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Medicine Wheel and the important role it plays in all of our lives. Through oral teachings, he helped students and staff see the interconnectivity of all living things, especially the relationship we have with ourselves, our neighbours, all living creatures and the environment. It is the school's hope that this garden will help illuminate the importance of Indigenous perspectives and the interconnectedness and interdependency of our environmental systems. St Timothy hopes this garden encourages students to think about the environment, environmental issues and our personal relationship with all people and living things in a new way that ignites them to explore endless possibilities for harmony and sustainability. The Medicine Wheel Garden would not have been possible without the generous support of a grant from TD Bank, specifically Friends of the Environment, and the working hands of D & G Contracting.


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