Aboriginal drummers perform during the opening of the Aboriginal garden at Hatzic Middle Secondary School on Nov. 4.

New garden created at Hatzic school

Students and community volunteers work together on project

A new Aboriginal Garden was unveiled at Hatzic Middle Secondary School earlier this month.

The Nov. 4 ceremony was well attended by many people from the community and school district, said Lyn O’Grady, a teacher at the school.

The garden was created by the school’s Environmental Team and community volunteers Barb Strachan, Jim Taylor and O’Grady. Aboriginal artists Peter Gong and Roxanne McCallum carved and painted to carving in the courtyard. It took the team a year to build the garden, which contains many native plants and ferns.

The garden was built to honour Aboriginal culture, enhance environmental awareness in the school, and to provide a place for students and staff to visit, O’Grady added.

The garden is located in the school’s courtyard and will be maintained by Aboriginal students and Hatzic’s Environmental Team.

“Their tireless efforts make our community a wonderful place to learn and grow,” said O’Grady.