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First Nations Youth Grow Cultural and Culinary Knowledge Through Gardening Program

A program for First Nations youth in Calgary is using food as way to help kids learn more about themselves while trying their hands at gardening.

The Girls and Boys Clubs of Calgary runs the Iiyika'kimaat program as part of its Indigenous Initiative stream, which focuses on culture, social inclusion and fostering a sense of belonging in Indigenous kids.

Iiyika'kimaat means "to try hard" in Blackfoot.

Gardening has become an important and popular part of the program with kids using an indoor hydroponic system to grow different herbs and vegetables at their centre in northeast Calgary.

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