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Indigenous Ceremonial Ground In Edmonton Nears Completion

By Jeremy Appel  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Edmonton will soon be home to Canada’s first urban Indigenous ceremonial grounds, with construction underway on the facility south of Whitemud Drive and Fox Drive, which is slated for a spring opening. kihciy askiy, which means “sacred earth,” has been in the works for nearly 20 years. It will provide a space for Indigenous peoples in Edmonton to host ceremonies, sweat lodges, cultural camps and talking circles, in addition to facilitating intergenerational learning and growing medicinal herbs. “Most of our peoples in the city have transportation issues so they can’t leave the city in order to do ceremonies,” Lewis Cardinal, the Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre (IKCW) project manager for kihciy askiy told reporters in September. “We’re the only group of people who

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