Member Network Feature: The Cedar Cottage Food Network Medicine Wheel Garden

The Medicine Wheel Garden is a sacred space, growing Indigenous foods and medicines, located on the western side of Trout Lake, close to the Trout Lake Community Centre playground.   Come by for a visit!

The northern quadrant of the Medicine Wheel Garden, representing the Air, Mind, Winter and White. A few of the plants here are Sweetgrass, Black Twinberry, Coastal Mugwort, and Labrador Tea. Photo by Galit Mastai

It’s been an active spring at the Cedar Cottage Food Network Medicine Wheel Garden at Trout Lake! On April 2nd, we kicked the season off with a very moving Land Blessing with Lu’Ma Medical Society’s resident Elder, Elder Seis’lom of Lil’wat Nation.  He spoke of his work in hospitals bringing traditional healing methods to patients in care, the healing power of water, working with the powerful medicine of Devil’s Club, and the importance of Youth having access to Indigenous teachings.  On April 24th, we honoured our Mother Earth at Trout Lake Community Centre’s Earth Day event with Métis Elder Aline Laflamme and members of Daughters of the Drum.  Elder Aline shared Medicine Wheel teachings about the importance of keeping ourselves balanced with self care, loving ourselves and creation, and turning inward to connect with our spirits.  Our volunteers have also been caring for the garden and planting new plant friends (care of EYA), such as salmonberry, labrador tea, oval-leaved blueberry, coastal mugwort and more. If you are interested in volunteering or attending future workshops check out Cedar Cottage Food Network page on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @cedarcottagefoodnetwork.

Story by Galit Mastai, Trout Lake Medicine Wheel Garden Coordinator