Prairie People: Deep Roots
Next year’s NatureCity Festival will celebrate the DEEP ROOTS of our prairie city. As prairie people, we are deeply reliant on the grassland ecosystem. Human beings have been living here for thousands of years, depending on plants for food, medicine and inspiration. When Euro-Canadian settlers arrived a century and more ago, they took advantage of the rich, fertile soils created by prairie plants, even using the root-matted sod to build their first homes.
Today, though so much has changed, we continue to rely on wild species and wild places for food, respite and health.
Nurturing a connection with our home place is an important and necessary step in encouraging people to advocate for wildlife and wild spaces in this city and beyond.