UMoncton, Esgenoôpetitj First Nation sign agreement to co-develop Arboretum


Université de Moncton’s Shippagan campus and the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation community recently signed an agreement to co-develop an arboretum. The project includes planting over 100 trees and shrubs on campus and creating an Indigenous people’s medicinal plant garden, a wigwam, an outdoor teaching pavilion, an interpretive centre, and walking trails. The arboretum plans focus on reproducing an Acadian forest with 26 species of woody plants, addressing the coastal zone ecological crisis, and acting as a gesture of reconciliation Acadian and Indigenous communities.