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Sacred Indigenous site opens in Edmonton’s river valley – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 29, 202330 Views

Mar 29, 2023

‘Now we don’t have to leave the city to do the basic healing ceremonies that are necessary for our well-being’

Hundreds of years ago, it was a place where Indigenous people collected ochre and precious medicines growing in the river valley.

This week, 10 young students walked those same lands at Whitemud Park — one of the first groups to visit Edmonton’s newly opened urban Indigenous cultural site, kihcihkaw askî.

In Cree, kihcihkaw askî means “this place here is sacred land.” The $6.5 million project is a collaboration between Indigenous elders, communities, and the City of Edmonton.

“We don’t have a church, mosque or a cathedral that we can easily go to,” said project manager Lewis Cardinal, on a recent tour with CBC News.

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