One of the FCSS initiatives that is creating
independence for the Tribe members are the Community
Gardens that have been grown in the communitites
of Levern and Stand-off. Each garden is carefully
planted by members of the community on a volunteer
basis. During the summer months they are cared
for and nurtured until the gardens are harvested
communally. Potatoes and a variety of vegetables
are grown, many of them being started in the
Tribe's own greenhouse and transplanted into
the gardens. Last year the harvest reached nearly
Another plant that was being grown was traditional
tobacco for ceremonial use, this was a very
successful initiative and yielded approximately
6,000 plants. This project was part of a province-wide
tobacco intitiative to research tradtional use
of this highly regarded plant.
The Blood Tribe Tobacco Control Strategy will
work towards an educational program dealing
with Tobacco misuse before and after pre-European
We will collaborate with our elders, departments,
agencies, schools and Chief & Council to
seek ways of eliminating tobacco misuse by our
First Nations, Inuit & Metis people.
We will inform all participants the difference
between traditional tobacco and commercial tobacco
We encourage and guide our people to respect
and use tobacco like our fore fathers and grandmothers
did long before pre-European contact.
We will decrease the high percentage of tobacco
abuse by First Nations, Inuit,and Metis people
by 1% percent each year.
The Blood Tribe Tobacco Control Strategy Project
will supply tobacco to all participants with
the Alberta First Nations, Inuit, and Metis
Tobacco Control Strategy.