Sir John A. Macdonald School and John G. Diefenbaker High are working on a joint project to connect the 2 schools with an Indigenous-centred garden. The garden will be a shared place of gathering for students, staff, and community members to come together, learn about Indigenous plants and traditions, reflect, and relax.

The garden will be part of regular school and extra-curricular programming, and will bring together junior high and high school students, two YMCA Indigenous student clubs (Prairie Chickens Clan and Brave Dogs), post-secondary students, Elder Saa’kokoto, Calgary Board of Education’s Indigenous Education department, and the students’ parents and guardians. All these stakeholders will collaborate to build a garden that will not only naturalize our urban environment but Indigenize our colonial school spaces.