We are grateful for the support and contributions from our partners. Thank you!
Tall grass prairie restoration and procurement of local, ecotype seed is generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment. Thank you, TD Friends of the Environment, for supporting us in delivering a unique opportunity to 25 school and the community to engage in land-based learning and environmental stewardship.
With the support of the Winnipeg Foundation's Camp and Summer Programming Grant, we are able to partner with SOSD's BEEP and Indigenous Language Summer Camp to host summer opportunities at Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun. Opportunities bring urban students to a land-based teachings centre where experiences include outdoor learning and exploration, gardening with vegetables and Indigenous plants, land-based art, and cooking. We are thankful to be given opportunities to pilot programs and activities at our new centre, and to create meaningful relationships to the land that support ecological literacy and personal well-becoming.
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 generous support, we will restore 30-acres to Indigenous Tall Grass Prairie, create Indigenous plant teaching gardens and ceremonial spaces, grow and share 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.
Support for this project 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.