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received recent renewed attention from
the City's Parks Planning Department.
Over the past five years, the department
committed resources to a robust
community engagement program to
redevelop the 125-year-old St. John's Park.
Situated between Main Street and the Red
River, just north of Redwood Avenue, the
Planning Department was enthusiastic
about the inclusion of a Healing Forest and
agreed that St. John's Park would be an
ideal location.

remember, learn and heal. In keeping with
the "Calls to Action," the Healing Forest
was to be a spiritual and sacred space for
introspection, recognition and renewal;
a place that is inclusive to all, in a location
accessible to those seeking to heal.
The shared sense of place was in
Winnipeg's North End, a diverse
community with a large Indigenous
population and many social and economic
challenges. It is a neighborhood that is in
need of healing and has serendipitously
1 COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION OF THE HEALING
FOREST 2 KNOWLEDGE SHARING
PHOTOS 1 RYAN EPP 2 KERRY SANER-HARVEY

A small parcel of land from the forest was
identified in the Park's Northeast corner,
with high visibility from Fowler Street and
across from St. John's Anglican Church,
the oldest Canadian Anglican parish
west of the Great Lakes. The presence
of two early settler monuments within
the chosen site for the Healing Forest
provided a colonialists perspective of the
area's history, which was understandably a
complicated layer in the site narrative, but
also a pointed opportunity. In this location,
amongst diverse and intersecting historical
narratives, the first seed of the Healing
Forest was planted.
Shaun Finnigan, a Métis artist and designer
who lives near the park, was invited to
join the group to help conceptualize
what a healing forest space might be.
Consultations with Indigenous Elder
Norman Meade provided the group with
invaluable information on local Indigenous
traditions, ceremonial practices and
teachings that would inform the elements
incorporated into Shaun's conceptual work.
The concept plan provided a fundamental
tool for fundraising and momentum began

to build. It was at this point that ft3 was
contacted by the planning group to help
translate the conceptual vision into reality.
A Healing Forest Launch event took place
in February 2018 to raise awareness
about the project and included notable
speakers including Senator Murray
Sinclair, Elder Norman Meade, planning
group member Kyle Mason and Kevin
Lamoureux of the National Centre for
Truth and Reconciliation. Incidentally,
the event took place the day after the
verdict was reached in the Colton Boushie
case, with the controversial acquittal of
Gerald Stanley on charges of seconddegree murder and manslaughter of the
Indigenous man during a confrontation
and alleged trespassing. Though tragic, it
was an appropriate moment to begin the
creation of a Healing Forest; many felt
profound grief and anger over a perceived
social injustice, fueling tension and unease.
Murray Sinclair took the podium and spoke
with hope on the importance of moving
forward in spite of the hardships endured.
In his words, "...reconciliation will take a
long time, but I do think that it will occur in
the lifetime of my grandchildren or, within
a short(er) time, if we all make the effort
to change the way that we think and talk
about each other."
This event highlighted the imperative
urgency of the project and reinvigorated
the design team with a sense of purpose.
Our role as landscape architects was clear:
we were there to listen and understand
the group's vision of healing and translate
that vision into built form. Through several
community consultations involving
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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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