Connecting People With Plants
CanPlant (https://can-plant.ca) is a user-friendly set of resources and tools to help anyone identify native and introduced plants that are appropriate for restoration, gardening, and other planting needs for where they are situated in Canada.
Fifteen years ago, Evergreen launched the Native Plant Database as a tool to support their work in urban greenspace stewardship and restoration across Canada.
Unfortunately, Evergreen was unable to dedicate the necessary resources to maintain the Database in good order. After much deliberation, Dougan & Associates was awarded the opportunity to become the custodian of the Native Plant Database.
The database has been relaunched under the new name CanPlant and we envision the database will continue to reflect the core values and mission established by Evergreen. CanPlant will continue to be an evolving resource that provides users with the most relevant scientific and traditional information on native (and introduced) plants in Canada and will once again provide a venue for individuals from across the county who have an interest in plants to connect.
The geopolitical area called Canada resides on Indigenous land. This land comprises many different territories which have been inhabited by First Nations, Métis Nations, and Inuit peoples from the beginning. You can see whose land you're on using the following interactive map: https://www.whose.land/
Respectful recognition of the history, culture, and information systems of our Indigenous communities needs to be part of our mission to connect people with plants. Furthermore, acknowledgement of our country’s history and legacy of colonialism and the need for change must continually inform our work.
Beyond simply including this text, we recognize that we have an obligation to use CanPlant's educational tools and media to help create dialogue around reconciliation, to promote Indigenous knowledge, and to cultivate strong relationships with the First Peoples of Canada.
We understand this responsibility to be an ongoing practice. If you have ideas for work that CanPlant can do in support of these aims, please contact us!