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Land of Dreams

URBAN FARMING

Land of Dreams

The Land of Dreams is an urban farming initiative located on Treaty 7 territory in Southeast Mohkinstsis (Calgary). The project brings community, social connection, and food together in an exciting way.

It is a partnership with refugees and newcomers that offers a unique opportunity to build connections between Indigenous peoples and newcomers through the development and cultivation of a community garden. The Land of Dreams provides a meaningful space for Calgary newcomers to reconnect with their roots while building a sense of community. Additionally, they can learn about and appreciate Alberta’s Indigenous history.

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PIONEERING INITIATIVE

A promising practice in newcomer resettlement

The Land of Dreams was recently recognized as a promising practice in newcomer settlement and integration in Canada. Read the brief here. Click on the video below to hear from our colleagues and Indigenous Community partner.

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LAND OF DREAMS

Together we

  • Create Belonging
  • Grow Healthy Food and Increase Food Security
  • Heal The Land
  • Connect With Local First Nations Communities

Urban Farming

Growing Community

2019 marked our inaugural growing season and it was a huge success. Sixteen (16) newcomer families worked together to strengthen familial and community relationships, within and across cultural groups.

GROWING LOCAL

Bountiful Harvest

Participants appreciated the educational value of learning about growing local food, the enjoyment they felt being out on the farm, and, for some, the chance to reconnect with a farming practice similar to what they knew prior to arriving in Canada. The harvest was a great success yielding over 500 pounds of beets, carrots, kale, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, potatoes and more.

Sweet Rewards

Beekeeping

The Land of Dreams also features a beehive as part of a rewilding project that will improve our impact on the land as we continue to work with newcomers in growing food together.

Get Involved

Grow With Us

If you are interested in being part of this exciting undertaking, as a volunteer or supplier, please contact Rod Olson at rolson@ccisab.ca. Click on our donate button and look for Land of Dreams or Beekeeping to donate now.

As the largest immigrant serving agency in western Canada, the team at CCIS has done an incredible job over the last 30+ years supporting immigrants and refugees with their settlement, training, and integration needs. They set the standard for service levels in the immigrant serving sector. No one does it better.

Employer Industry Partner

CCIS is a place every immigrant should endeavour to go. Very helpful. Always going above and beyond. Truly the best in this field. They treat every case/client uniquely. I'm so glad for all the help I and my friends received. We were able to settle in as quickly as we did because of CCIS. Thank you!

Samuel Obadero Client

This organisation is a backbone to new immigrants always there to help guide and settle in this new society. I highly appreciate their work.

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Sehrish Aziz

Great organization staffed with great people doing important work. We take great pride in our partnership with CCIS, and we're proud to be a part of their housing solutions. Keep up the excellent work!

Mainstreet Equity Corp Partner

DONATE NOW

Make A Direct Impact on Your Community by Donating to CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society).

We acknowledge all donors who contribute so generously to CCIS. Your contribution honours the courage and resiliency of Alberta’s newest residents.

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