Located in St. John's Park, Winnipeg on Treaty One land, the Kapabamayak Achaak (“Wandering Spirit”) Healing Forest received its Spirit name as a gift from Peetanacoot Nenakawekapo, an Anishnaabe Elder. 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. The steering committee is working with neighbourhood schools and communities to develop a living curriculum to learn about medicine plants and Indigenous teachings. A small resource library is also available.
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March, 2022: We are saddened to share the news that Lee Anne Block, the founder of Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest in Winnipeg, has passed away. The Keepers of the Forest are indebted to Lee Anne for her leadership, energy, and vision to create a space for healing and reconciliation in Winnipeg's Northend. To view a tribute to Lee Anne, visit https://vimeo.com/683071966.