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to date. Trees were chosen for their
traditional significance as well as physical
properties in order to comply with Crime
Prevention Through Environmental Design
(CPTED) principles.

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Indigenous Elders, we identified three
important design mandates to help focus
our efforts. The first was to respect the
land and respond to the elements within.
The second was to use natural materials
wherever possible to show thanks to
Mother Earth. The third was to ensure
that each element within the design had
meaning and connection to the concept.
We revisited the site with the planning
group members and quickly identified
opportunities in an existing bowl-shaped
landform that would be conducive to a
gathering and learning space. The natural
state of the site informed the design, as
if it was speaking to us. The existing trees
appeared to closely align with, and frame
views of, the four cardinal directions,
a concept fundamental to Indigenous
culture. A revised schematic of the space,
drawn from the elements of Shaun's
original concept and our site observations,
was shared with the planning group,

3 SOUTH ROCK DETAIL 4 PLANNING GROUP MEMBERS
AND DESIGNERS (FROM L TO R) BACK: JASON DYCK,
RYAN EPP (FT3), SHAWN FINNIGAN, KERRY SANERHARVEY FRONT: DEBRA RADI, LEE ANNE BLOCK,
JUDY WASYLYCIA-LEIS, CHANTAL ALARY (FT3),
NATALIE ROSTADDESJARLAIS, AND VAL VINT.
MISSING FROM THE PHOTO IS KYLE MASON, THE
VERY REV. PAUL N. JOHNSON AND NORMAN MEADE.
5 COUNCILOR ROSS EADIE SHARES HIS CONNECTION
TO THE SITE 6 NORTH BOULDER MARKER
PHOTOS 3 RYAN WAKSHINSKI 4-6 KERRY SANER-HARVEY

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community members and Elders that
encouraged more discussion.
Elder Norman Meade emphasized that
the central design feature, a space for
ceremonial fires, should be recognized
as a "Sacred Fire," born of Mother Earth.
Thelma Meade, a teacher and Norman's
wife, expressed that the space seemed
too urban or somehow too "clean." The
planning group shared stories from
their past to relay the different teaching
methods of their parents or grandparents,
which provided deeper insights into what
the spirit of the place could, or should
be. We returned to the design process
with valuable knowledge and a deeper
understanding of what was required.
The design was first brought to life with
a green space revitalization grant from
the Province of Manitoba. The grant
had tight deadlines which didn't fully
correspond to the full design timeline and
we therefore planted the space's first
trees in midst of design development.
Three Paper Birch and five Snowbird
Hawthorne trees were sourced from a
local supplier, Jeffries Nursery, snow was
removed from the frozen clay soil, holes
were dug (using a stump grinder to break
up the icy ground) and the dormant trees
were planted. Despite these seasonal
challenges, all of those trees have survived

The function of the Healing Forest spaces
and elements of our design demanded a
centrally ordered symmetry, but the spirit
of the place called for something rawer and
"rough around the edges," in keeping with
Thelma Meade's observations. In this way,
we saw the space as a kind of metaphor
for those on the path of healing; scattered
and rough upon entering the space and
gradually finding balance nearing the
center. The circle is a symbol with sacred
significance according to local Indigenous
Elders and is one that is found often in
nature, representing important cultural
principles such as inclusiveness, continuity
and equality.
The circular gathering space of the
Healing Forest is punctuated by four
large vertically aligned "Grandmother/
Grandfather" stones around the perimeter
with a granite medicine wheel at its center.
When viewed from the center of the circle,
each Grandmother/Grandfather stone
becomes a marker for one of the four
cardinal directions. Since each stone has
been placed at a varied distance from
the center, the directions are not obvious
until the visitor is within the space and is
looking outward. At the outset, the visitor
encounters a meandering planting bed
surrounding the gathering space. Populated
by medium-sized trees and lower growing



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“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+
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