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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COURTESY:  Dawson Creek Mirror

Photo and Article: Trent Ernst