The Kingston Community Credit Union (KCCU) will support the Indigenous Food Sovereignty (IFS) Garden and the local Indigenous community with a grant from Wyth Financial.
The $10,000 grant, from Wyth’s 2022 Empowering Your Community program, allows KCCU to partner with Kingston’s Loving Spoonful and the Kingston-area urban Indigenous community, including the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest (KILN) and the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle Eastern Region (IDHC) to support the Indigenous Food Sovereignty (IFS) Garden.
Since 2011, Wyth has partnered with credit unions to support initiatives that build better communities. Wyth Financial’s Empowering Your Community program has awarded a total of $100,000 to causes that empower youth, promote Indigenous knowledge and well-being, strengthen local food systems, fight change, according to a KCCU statement. climate, reduce barriers to access and participation, and make the world a better place. This year, 16 prizes were awarded: 4 worth $10,000 and 12 worth $5,000.
KCCU said the grant funds will go directly to support the Indigenous Food Sovereignty (IFS) Garden located in Katarokwi (Greater Kingston area). The funds will help provide trees, vegetable plants, traditional medicines like white sage and cedar, an irrigation system and a solar water pump. The award also supports indigenous youth who will maintain the garden, support the land-based language learning programs offered by KILN at the IFS garden and distribute garden produce throughout the indigenous community, according to the statement.
The second component of this project is the creation and distribution of 100 home gardening kits to members of the indigenous community who cannot participate in the IFS garden due to accessibility issues. This is an adaptation of Loving Spoonful’s “Small Space Gardening Kits”. According to the statement, the Kingston Community Credit Union directly contributed to this project by providing financial support to help defray the cost of materials for the kits: planters, soil, seeds and seedlings purchased from Kenhte:ke Seed Sanctuary and printing instructions. . brochures and volunteer support for distribution.
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