Creating a design concept to establish a garden of spiritual healing for Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation
Sakaki, Graham Kenneth
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Community gardens are widely recognized as providing many local benefits within a community. These benefits can include increased daily fruit and vegetable intake, improved mental and physical health, increased social capital, networking and organizational capacity, and enhancing neighbourhood pride and sense of safety. The purpose of this project was to prepare and facilitate a consultation and design process with Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, resulting in the design of a community garden that can be constructed adjacent to their Health Centre. We have worked together over the past year to design the “Garden of Spiritual Healing” which their community will be able to utilize and benefit from over time. Although there were many successes that can be attributed to this project, there were also minor challenges which have also been identified. This paper summarizes the design and consultation process methods used during the project, outlines the plans for construction in the years ahead, shares funding and budget information, and outlines recommendations for replication of this project or others similar in nature.