A living memorial for children lost to Residential schools begins today. Above Concept plans for a Healing Forest took place today beginning with blessings over architectural drawings from Native Elder Norman Meade at St. John’s Cathedral.
The Forest will become the second of its kind in Canada meant to offer healing and provide a place of peace and contemplation for the many affected by our country’s former residential school system. It’s described as a place of learning; an outdoor classroom for North End School kids to link the learning to the land. Learning about first nations histories to help cultivate understanding of citizenship and sustainability with the present.
The northeast corner of St. John’s Park has been set aside for the transformation. A new outdoor learning space will see trees planted in honor of the many residential school survivors as well as those missing and murdered indigenous women. Organizers predict The Healing Forest will have an immediate impact on the surrounding neighbourhood. Formal opening will occur this summer