Tu'wuscht Garden Project
Program SummaryThe Tu’wusht Project is an Indigenous-led initiative connecting people to food and nature. This community-inclusive initiative focuses on the urban Aboriginal population who face the most barriers in accessing natural environment and appropriate nutritious traditional foods. Participants receive the opportunity to engage in food sustenance development through community kitchen and land based activities in growing, procuring, preserving food while connecting with traditional Indigenous knowledge.
The garden project runs a weekly community kitchen with urban Aboriginal participants who grow, prepare, and eat food while sharing knowledge and skills with members of the UBC community and beyond. Ceremonies and celebrations throughout the year mark important seasonal shifts in traditional food ways, such as harvest feasts and the use of the cedar smokehouse for fish (part of the project’s work to bridge land and sea).