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

September 2021 Update - Ground Blessing Ceremony

Construction is set to begin shortly!

A ground blessing was held to thank and honour the relationship between all stakeholders on this project as well as to seek blessing from Mother Earth in allowing construction to take place.

The project team continues to monitor the budget as it relates to construction and material increases which the Construction Manager is reviewing and assessing for impacts.

Construction is expected to begin in fall 2021 after the ground blessing ceremony.

Project Overview

kihciy askiy (“Sacred Land” 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.

Construction is set to begin in late 2021, and will take approximately 18 - 24 months to be complete and in-service.

Initially, the proposed kihciy askiy cultural site will feature:

  • Circular area for 4 sweat lodges and a permanent ceremonial stone heating device with a water source
  • Circular area for tipis with permanent feast fire pit for ceremonies and small group workshops
  • Large tent gathering area for ceremonial feasts and cultural teachings
  • kihciy askiy pavilion with washrooms, locker rooms, gathering room and storage for ceremonial items 
  • 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

Eventually construction will also include a storage building with a built-in amphitheatre as well as additional landscaping and additional walking paths.