Transcript: Ontario Hubs: Indigenous Garden | Jun 28, 2019

Haley is in her mid-thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a denim shirt and long thin earrings.

A caption reads “Ontario Hubs: Indigenous Garden. Haley Lewis. Editor, Indigenous Hub.”

In a white room with two pictures hanging on the back, Haley says ON THE OUT SKIRTS OF
CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO, SITS A
GARDEN.
BUT IT’S NOT JUST ANY GARDEN.
IT’S AN INDIGENOUS GARDEN.
SO THE GARDEN WAS RUN BY ANDREW
JUDGE.
A PROFESSOR AND COORDINATOR OF
INDIGENOUS STUDIES AT CONESTOGA
COLLEGE.

A picture of a smiling young man in a field appears.

She continues HE HAD THE IDEA FOR THE GARDEN
SINCE 2012.
AND RECENTLY RECEIVED A 49,900 DOLLARS
GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT FOR A PROJECT HE HAS
BEEN WORKING ON CALLED
RECOVERING EARTH’S WISDOM.
THE PROJECT’S GOAL IS TO BRING
TOGETHER INDIGENOUS LEADERS,
EDUCATORS, STUDENTS AND
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP
RESEARCH AND DEVELOP INDIGENOUS
STUDIES PROGRAMMING.

A series of pictures shows people working in a garden.

She continues AND EXPANDING THE GARDEN IS A
BIG PART OF THAT.
BUT WHAT MAKES AN INDIGENOUS
GARDEN DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR
GARDEN?
IT’S NOT JUST WHAT’S PLANTED
WHICH, OF COURSE, ARE NATIVE.
JUDGES PLANTING, SERVICE
BERRIES, WILD PLUMBS, PAW-PAW,
ARTICHOKE, BLACKBERRY,
HAZELNUT... JUST TO NAME A FEW.
AND OF COURSE HE’S NOT FOR
GETTING ABOUT GROWING SWEET
GRASS, SAGE AND TOBACCO.
BUT WHAT MAKES JUDGE’S GARDEN
REALLY UNIQUE IS ITS SHAPE.
IT FORMS A SIX-METRE WIDE
SEMICIRCLE AND AT THE CENTRE IS
A SPIRAL.
HE SAYS THE SPIRAL IS THE BASIS
FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH.
AND IT’S FOUND IN ALMOST EVERY
NATURAL GROWING THING ON THE
PLANET.
HE HAS BEEN STUDYING UNDER THE
GUIDANCE OF AN ELDER FROM
GUATEMALA FOR SIX YEARS WHO TOLD
HIM IF YOU CENTRE THE GARDEN
AROUND A SPIRAL IT’S GOING TO
BRING ENERGY AND CREATE ENERGY.
AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT’S
DONE.
THE GARDEN... WHILE RUN BY JUDGY
DEDICATED INVOLVED UNTIERS FROM
ACROSS THE AREA.
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS FROM
SURROUNDING UNIVERSITIES AND
COLLEGES, FAMILIES, PEOPLE FROM
THE LOCAL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
AND REALLY ANYONE WHO IS WILLING
TO GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY.
AND THAT’S HOW JUDGE LIKES IT.
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN
CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO, THIS SUMMERB
AND WANT TO HELP TAKE CARE OF AN
INDIGENOUS GARDEN, YOU WOULD BE
A WELCOMED ADDITION.

(music plays)

An animated light slate with a network of red dots reads “Ontario Hubs.”

The slate changes to “Ontario Hubs are made possible by The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and Goldie Feldman.”

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