The planned McMurray Métis cultural centre at MacDonald Island Park will include a rooftop greenhouse garden, offering a solution to Indigenous food poverty in the Wood Buffalo area while preserving Métis culture.
Designer Genevieve Noel and architect Maginnis Cocivera of the Vancouver-based firm Mindful Architecture said the greenhouse is inspired by Métis farming and gardening.
As many Indigenous communities struggle with access to fresh food, including in the Wood Buffalo area, the greenhouse is being treated as an example of Indigenous food sovereignty and a way to promote culture.
“We’re trying to embrace the culture at its deepest level and are trying to reintegrate it onto MacDonald Island,” said Noel.
The greenhouse will grow fresh fruits and vegetables for nine months out of the year. Noel says the goal is to produce “high-quality, healthy vegetables at a lower cost” than what is offered in Fort McMurray.