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Kihciy Askiy in Whitemud Park will provide a natural setting for the Capital Region’s Indigenous community to host spiritual ceremonies, sweat lodges, cultural camps and talking circles; grow medicinal herbs, practice traditional crafts and facilitate intergenerational learning in an appropriately designed outdoor learning space.

Project Timeline
Design Phase

Spring 2018  Park opens 
2017 - 2018  Construction 
2015 - 2016 Consultation, design and environmental review
May 2015  Native Counselling Services of Alberta hosted a Grand Council Gathering for Indigenous Spiritual Leaders living in the capital region.
Manasc Issac Architects hired as prime consultant for the design phase. 
Feb 2015  Hazard material abatement, demolition of the old farm buildings, corrals, and house, and re-grading 
Dec 2014  City Council approves $2 million in the 2015-2018 capital budget deliberations for design and construction of Kihciy Askiy Phase 1
2009  The Whitemud Integrated Area Concept Plan is amended to include the development of the cultural site called Kihciy Askiy (Sacred Earth)
2006  The City receives a proposal from the Edmonton Indigenous Cultural Resource Counsel to create a permanent site for Indigenous cultural events and learning experiences for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
2003  The Whitemud Integrated Area Concept Plan is developed and approved by City Council 
1968  Fox Farms is acquired by the City of Edmonton 

 

Project Overview

Kihciy Askiy Phase 1 will consist of four sweat lodges, space for tipis for ceremonies and small group workshops, a large tent gathering area for ceremonial feasts and cultural teachings, men's and women's change rooms/washrooms, storage space, 10 staff parking spaces, a gravel road with turnaround for emergency response vehicles, a permanent ceremonial fire pit with water source and regrading/seeding of the grassed ceremonial area.

Consultation
On May 6 & 7, 2015, Native Counselling Services of Alberta hosted a Grand Council Gathering for Indigenous Spiritual Leaders in the Capital Region, at the Alfred H. Savage Centre.

Outcomes of the gathering 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 Capital Region's Indigenous community

For More Information

Facility Planning and Design

PO Box 2359
12th Floor, CN Tower
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 2R7

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email CMSParkAndFacilityDevelopment@edmonton.ca

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