13 10, 2021

The Gardening Club

October 13th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

The Gardening Club The Garden Club was created to help us with the maintenance of the medicine garden while creating an inheritance plan of responsibility for yeas to come and to provide an opportunity for interested community members to learn about native plant species and how they can be used. Currently, we are [...]

12 10, 2021

ADaPT Alberta

October 12th, 2021|Academics, News, News and Events|

Attention StMU students and grads! Advanced Digital and Professional Training (ADaPT) has some amazing free opportunities available! (ADaPT) is a work integrated learning and skills development program that bridges the employment gap for graduating students and recent grads. Visit ____ and submit your application today for this great opportunity. Applications close Wednesday, October 13.

4 10, 2021

Bee Balm

October 4th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Bee balm or Monarda fistulosa, is a perennial herb. This herb contains an antiseptic that is commonly found in mouth washes. It was used by the Blackfoot to help treat infections on both the skin as well as in the mouth and throat (was used as tea). Bee Balm is part of the [...]

1 10, 2021
  • St. Mary's University StMU Star

Friday Message 1 October 2021 – Losing Roads, New Campus Access Protocols, Spring Travel Study to Rome & Thanks

October 1st, 2021|Academics, COVID-19, Experiential Learning, News, News and Events|

Look, let me be specific, I have been losing roads and tracks and air and rivers and little thoughts and smells and incidents and a sense of myself and fights I used to be passionate about and don’t remember. - Dionne Brand, Land to Light On Losing Roads, Finding Roads The above lines from Dionne [...]

1 10, 2021
  • StMU Blue Shield

Vaccination & Rapid Testing Launch

October 1st, 2021|Academics, Community, COVID-19, News, News and Events|

St. Mary’s Vaccine & Rapid Testing Verification Program is now live! This new on-line program allows members of our community to verify their Vaccination Status, Rapid Testing results and to safely allow you access to University’s Campus buildings. To get started, click this https://stmu.apparmor.com/webapp/default.aspx?menu=Vaccine+and+Rapid+Test+Verification or use the St Mary’s Safe App. Use your current St. [...]

1 10, 2021


October 1st, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

One of the concerns we received about our garden is that our perennial plants are dying, and we want to clarify that they are not. Despite the hail in August and frost this last week, most of our plants have developed well. We observed new foliage in our dogwood, stinging nettle and Tobacco [...]

27 09, 2021

Sweet Grass

September 27th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Sweet grass is an aromatic herb. Scientifically it is known as Hierochloe odorata, but more commonly it is known as vanilla grass for its distinctly sweet smell. The most common use of sweet grass is by the indigenous people of Canada and the United States. It is used for basket making, its aroma, and [...]

16 09, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Tidy up the garden

September 16th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

On Monday, the medicine garden team and Dr. McLean reunited to tidy up the garden. They worked together to remove weeds, add soil to level the ground and add mulch to the hedge. They hope they can finish adding mulch this coming Friday. Everyone who has time on Friday, September 17th, from 8:30 am [...]

3 09, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Stinging Nettle is in the Medicine Garden

September 3rd, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Stinging nettle is a perennial herb scientifically known as Urtica dioica. The family Urticaceae is known as the nettle family and the genus name comes from Latin uro meaning “I burn”. Stinging nettle can cause skin irritation when handled - symptoms include intense burning and itching sensation but don't worry the sensation only lasts [...]

1 09, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Plant of the week: Prairie Turnip or Indian Bread Root

September 1st, 2021|Academics, Events, Indigenous Initiatives, News and Events, Science|

Although we planted Prairie turnip (Psoralea esculentum) in our medicine garden you won’t see it until next spring. Prairie Turnip becomes dormant after flowering & loses its stems and leaves (see top right photo). While it is dormant (not actively growing) it's not dead but will regrow from its roots with the arrival of [...]

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