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RYAN EPP

KAPABAMAYAK ACHAAK
WANDERING SPIRIT HEALING FOREST

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KAPABAMAYAK ACHAAK I LA FORÊT
CURATIVE DE L'ESPRIT ERRANT...
La forêt devait être un espace spirituel
et sacré pour l'introspection, la
reconnaissance et le renouvellement.
On a grey, humid, overcast day in the
autumn of 1997, I found myself walking
with friends along a beach on the western
shore of Lake Winnipeg in search of Betsey
Ramsay's grave. We all knew the Ramsay
family story; John and Betsey were
prominent members of their Saulteaux
Band near Lake Winnipeg. They had felt
compelled to help and teach the early
Icelandic settlers how to survive their first
harsh winter in Manitoba before a smallpox
epidemic hit, which claimed the lives of
many Icelandic and Indigenous people,
including Betsey Ramsey and 4 of their 5
children. With a weighted heart, John then
travelled 100 km to Lower Fort Garry to
purchase a marble gravestone and carried
the literal and figurative burden back to
Betsey's burial site near the lake that she
loved. We eventually spotted the small white
picket fence that stood in stark contrast
against a vast open field. Anticipation
built with every step as we approached
in silence. This space was special and
to this day remains one of my first and
strongest memories of a sacred space
drawn from a deep spiritual experience.
Prior to visiting the marker, none of us
felt any real connection to their tragic
story. The significance of this sacred place
provided a glimpse into the loss incurred
by the Ramsay family and we left with a
new reverence for their personal sacrifice,
their strength in the face of adversity and
their resolve to persevere. I left that site
looking at the world through a new lens.
- Ryan Epp
40 LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES

1

EN_ESTABLISHED IN 2008, the
National Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (NTRC) serves an important
role in guiding our country to recognize
past injustices and their lasting effects.
The NTRC "Calls to Action" provide
Canadians with a framework to initiate
positive change in an effort to repair the
harm done by residential schools and to
help forge a collective path forward. This
includes opportunities for education,
places and programs for healing and
commemorative monuments, among
many other important initiatives. It is in
these "Calls to Action" that Winnipeg's
Healing Forest project has its roots.

In 2017, Lee Anne Block, an education
professor at the University of Winnipeg,
responded to the NTRC's call and
assembled a group of community members
with diverse backgrounds and ethnicities
to address these injustices in a practical
way. The group included members of the
Indigenous, Métis and settler nations with
both religious and secular beliefs. Together,
this group shared a common goal: to create
a space for learning and healing, which
could also serve as a living memorial to
children lost to residential schools. The
result of the initial group discussion was to
create a healing forest in an urban setting
that would provide a tangible place to



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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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