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

Construction Update - December 2021

As of November 2021, the contractor is now on site. They will start with the foundation of the Pavilion Building and focus on finishing the building throughout the winter months. In spring/summer 2022, utility installation, site grading and landscaping will begin.

Prior to construction starting, a ground blessing was held in September 2021 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 City will host an information session in early 2022 - more details to come.

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 started 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.