Growing Opportunities: Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery

Twin Sisters Grand Opening 2017

This summer, the Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery at Moberly Lake held a grand opening of their second greenhouse, celebrating the growth of a unique business that brings together environmental responsibility with economic opportunity. Members of the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations came together to celebrate the expansion of the nursery, which grows native plant species for use in reclamation and restoration of mine sites.

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Twin Sisters Opens a Second Greenhouse

George Desjarlais sings a prayer of blessing as he leads a group through the greenhouse.   Photograph By Trent Ernst

Staff at the Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery at Moberly Lake were joined by members of the Saulteau and West Moberly Council and local and industry representatives for the grand opening of their second greenhouse.

Board Member Rick Publicover presided over the ceremonies, which featured prayers by George Desjarlais from West Moberly and dancing by members of the Saulteau First Nations Traditional Dance Group, a group of children between the ages of two and 12.

Twin Sisters is a wholly owned partnership between Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations.

Since the mid 1980s, says West Moberly Councillor Dean Dokkie, the idea was to have a nursery. An early attempt failed, he said, as there was little buy-in from industry, but in 2011, Glenn Zelinski, who sits on the board of directors, approched the two nations to discuss he development of a nursery to grow plants native to the areas where industrial development was occurring – forestry, hydroelectric developments, mining, oil and gas, pipelines, wind energy, and others. Zelinski was working at Western Coal at the time. It was bought out by Walter Energy, but Zelinski kept working on the initiative to secure a location for the nursery and further the initiative.

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Photo and Article: Trent Ernst

 

CCI Inc visits Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery

CCI Inc visits Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery

We were quite impressed during the CCI review of the Twin Sister's Nursery. We found the head grower Vanessa to be very experienced and knowledgeable about the array of plants that were being grown, the care and handling that was needed, and the quality control that is essential in every nursery.

We found Susan to be personable, professional, and informative. I have personally been promoting Twin Sisters as an Aboriginal nursery business to take note of and to utilize whenever possible in the future. Good management, a great grower, full Aboriginal employment, local seed acquisition, new greenhouses, all with room to expand. We commend the obviously successful hard work being put down by management and staff to start and run this new enterprise.

CCI sincerely wishes the Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery the blessing of greater success in the future.

Best Regards

Keith Ebbs, Silviculture Specialist

Forestry and Environmental Coordinator
CCI Inc.