There is an invisible heaviness connected to all invasive plants when it relates to the health and safety of Indigenous Peoples. This heaviness is depicted in this image of an Indigenous person with Scotch Broom on their back. 


Settlers did not only arrive and take over land, but they also brought with them plants that reminded them of their original home. Some of these plants became invasive and took over large swaths of land where there used to be Indigenous edible plants and medicine plants. To help heal the people, invasive plants need to be removed or managed, and replaced with Indigenous plants.

Photograph and text by Elder Johnny Aitken