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Kihciy askiy will provide a natural setting for the Indigenous community to host ceremonies, sweat lodges and facilitate intergenerational learning.
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
Indoor gathering room
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.
On May 6 and 7, 2015, and again on October 28 and 29, 2018, Native Counselling Services of Alberta hosted Grand Council Gatherings for Indigenous Spiritual Leaders in the Capital Region at the Alfred H. Savage Centre.
Outcomes of the gatherings included:
Review and approval of the kihciy askiy concept design
An understanding of the protocols to be used for ceremony at kihciy askiy
An understanding of the ceremonial and spiritual needs of the Indigenous community in the Capital Region
In 2016, Native Counselling Services of Alberta created the Counsel of Elders to work with the Project Team during the design and construction of kihciy askiy:
Howard Mustus (Chair)
The City acquired the former Fox Farm site
13th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW Edmonton
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