Kapabayak Achaak Healing Forest , St. John’s Park
The Kapabayak Achaak Healing Forest is a living memorial to Indigenous children lost to or affected by the residential school system. Its roots are within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Calls to Action and is part of a network of Healing Forests to be developed across Canada.
A diverse planning team of 12 members came together which facilitated numerous community consultation workshops in conjunction with ft3. The team consulted with various community members, educators, and in particular, Indigenous and Métis Elders who were affected by residential schools and/or other colonial programs. Through consultation, Phase 1 included the development of a conceptual plan by Métis landscape designer Shawn Finnigan. Phase 2 included the production of drawings and coordination with the City of Winnipeg. The consultation process is ongoing for the planning team as the goals of the project evolve through use of the space.