We are grateful for the support and contributions from our partners. Thank you!
The first implementation steps toward Tall Grass Prairie restoration and procurement of local, ecotype seed has been generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment. Thank you, TD Friends of the Environment, for supporting us in our land stewardship and in engaging our community in land-based learning.
2019 and 2020: Camp and Summer Program Grant
With the support of the Winnipeg Foundation's Camp and Summer Programming Grant, we are able to partner for two summers with SOSD's BEEP and Indigenous Language Summer Camp to host summer opportunities at Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun. Summer campers were brought to the Aki Centre to engage in outdoor learning and exploration, gardening with vegetables and Indigenous plants, land-based art, and cooking. Additionally, Wayfinders' Summer School were supported over 2 summers to host science, geography, and phys ed. credit courses using a land-based design based at the Aki Centre.
2019-2021: Reconciliation Grant
With the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation Reconciliation Grant, we act to deepen awareness around our shared history and reconciliation as we share and care for 49-acres in our school division. In the spirit of reshaping our connection to the land and to each other, we facilitate relationship building to the land and each other through ecological and cultural ways. With the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation, we are restoring 30-acres to Indigenous Tall Grass Prairie, creating Indigenous plant teaching gardens and ceremonial spaces, and are growing and sharing healthy foods. We are committed to coming together in new and healthy ways as we respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
2019-2021: Habitat and Wildlife Category. Project Title: Seven Oaks School Division Learning and Service Centre Prairie Restoration Project
The Conservation Trust supported stewardship of the land surrounding Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae'Inun by enabling the seeding of 54 Indigenous tall grass prairie plant species across 35 acres, the naturalization of a 3,200 sq. m. stormwater retention pond, and the management of a 2 hectare remnant prairie via prescribed burn which each foster SOSD's land-based learning experiences which build ecological, cultural, and historic understanding.
Support for land stewardship and experiential learning has been provided by the Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. The Conservation Trust came into existence in 2018 as part of Manitoba's Climate and Green Plan to fund activities that create, conserve, or enhance natural infrastructure for the benefit of Manitobans. The Conservation Trust is held by the Winnipeg Foundation and revenue from the Trust is granted to eligible organizations by Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC). MHHC issues calls for proposals that invite grant applications from Manitoba-based not-for-profit organizations for projects that benefit watersheds, habitat and wildlife, connecting people and nature, advancing innovation and conservation planning, and enhancing soil health on Manitoba's working landscapes. Ultimately, recipients of Conservation Trust revenues will deliver a broad range of ecological goods and services outcomes to Manitobans. The activities funded by the Conservation Trust will conserve biodiversity, increase production of harvestable wildlife, mitigate floods and droughts, improve water quality by decreasing nutrients and other pollutants entering waterways, improve climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and reduction of other greenhouse gases, improve soil health and decrease soil erosion. Projects will also provide other values to Manitobans, such as improving recreational opportunities.
2020-2021: Greenhouse Project
Support for the student built Passive Solar Greenhouse Project has been provided by Cargill.
Cargill’s purpose is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.
Cargill’s businesses, facilities, and employee-led groups support civic and non-profit organizations in local communities across Canada to advance programs that make a difference. Cargill invests in, engages with and respects cultures while promoting sustainable and responsible economic development to improve living standards and promote thriving communities.
2021-2021: Connecting People to Nature Category. Project Title: Indigenous Tall Grass Prairie Enhancement and Conservation through Community-Based Stewardship.
Seven Oaks School Division's "Indigenous Tall Grass Prairie Enhancement and Conservation through Community-Based Stewardship" project will enhance tall grass prairie establishment and increase diversity across 30-acres and will conserve a 5-acre remnant prairie. Interpretive signage will be designed to improve self-guided orientation and learning on site and to enrich experiential land-based learning opportunities.