Kihciy askiy will provide a natural setting for the Indigenous community to host ceremonies, sweat lodges and facilitate intergenerational learning.

Project Overview

Kihciy askiy (“Sacred Earth” in Cree) in Whitemud Park will provide a natural setting for Indigenous peoples and communities in the capital region to host spiritual ceremonies, sweat lodges, cultural camps and talking circles; grow medicinal herbs, and facilitate intergenerational learning in an appropriately designed outdoor learning space.

Phase 1 of kihciy askiy design is complete and awaiting funding approval to proceed to construction. The proposed kihciy askiy cultural site will feature:

  • Four sweat lodges

  • Space for tipis for ceremonies and small group workshops

  • Large tent gathering area for ceremonial feasts and cultural teachings

  • Change rooms/washrooms

  • Indoor gathering room

  • Storage space

  • Fifty gravel parking stalls

  • Two gravel bus parking stalls

  • Six metre wide gravel road with turnaround for emergency response vehicles, a permanent ceremonial stone heating device with water source and regrading/seeding of the grassed ceremonial area.