A stunning array of Indigenous artwork has found a new home at the Orca Community Gardens in Victoria.
The Canadian Orca Rescue Society unveiled the colourful pieces of art on Saturday afternoon, which now line the perimeter of the gardens.
The art was created by members of House of Courage, an Indigenous recovery centre in Vic West.
The society says the art represents a huge step towards reconciliation and recovery through a meaningful collaboration.
“This is just a great project and we are thrilled that the First Nations decided to come in on it with us and allow us to present their artwork to the world,” said Gregg McElroy, director of CORS.
“It’s a great addition to the community and it really helps build the community,” he said.
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The Orca Community Gardens serve multiple purposes in Victoria.
Dozens of gardeners use the space to grow food for neighbours and people in need in the region.
Students are also brought to the garden for lessons on growing food and the importance of local agriculture.
The gardens also raise awareness about southern resident killer whales and the need to protect our Salish Sea ecosystem.
“The artwork is a way of bringing the community and under-served members together and letting them contribute to the community garden,” said McElroy.