Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest honours Indigenous children lost to or affected by the residential school system, and offers a place for teaching and learning about all injustices from colonialism and racism, past and present. The sharing of our collective stories is a pathway to understanding All Our Relations.
A Living Memorial
Honouring Indigenous children lost to or affected by the residential school system.
Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest Winnipeg is a place for learning and healing. It was built in response to the calls to action on truth and reconciliation.
The Healing Forest Winnipeg was gifted the Spirit Name, Kapabamayak Achaak, which means “Wandering Spirit” by Peetanacoot Nenakawekapo in 2019.
The gathering space, based on the Medicine Wheel, is wheelchair accessible and provides space for quiet reflection and ceremony.
A sacred fire pit (stored offsite) is available on request.
Four large grandmother stones, with intricate artwork by Natalie Rostaddejarlais, mark the four directions.
We would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on Treaty 1 territory which is the ancestral lands of Anishinaabeg, the Dene, the Cree, the Oji-Cree and the Dakota people and the homeland of the Red River Métis.
We remember that all the people of all the generations for thousands of years who lived, loved, worked, died and were buried on this land, remain here. They have not left, they have merely been transformed.
We remember to tread softly on this earth as we offer our respect and gratitude to the traditional caretakers of this land: those living now, those who have lived before, and those who have yet to come into being.