Opening and Celebration of The St. Albert Healing Garden
Friday, September 15, 2017
9:30am - 1:00pm
North side of Sturgeon River across from St. Albert Place | 5 St. Anne Street
9:30 AM – 11 AM | Pipe Ceremony
11:30 AM – 1 PM | Celebration
The Healing Garden is a community project led by a planning committee consisting of survivors of Indian Residential Schools, representatives from the First Nations and Métis communities, the United Church, the Catholic Church, the general community and the City of St. Albert.
This is to be a place of truth and reconciliation, a visible sign of our community’s commitment to walk in right relations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and with all Nations.
Guidelines for Attending the Pipe Ceremony
- Everyone is welcome in the circle.
- Please bring a blanket to sit on.
- Women are encouraged to wear a long, colourful skirt. (A shawl can also be used to cover legs during the ceremony.)
- Women in their moon time do not participate in the Pipe Ceremony and are invited, as a sign of respect for this special power of life, to step outside the circle to honour themselves as women.
- There will be a Men's Pipe and a Women's Pipe.
- No photographs are allowed during the Pipe Ceremony.
- When you enter the circle, move clockwise. You will be directed where to sit by the Elder or Elder's helper.
- Men sit cross-legged; women sit with their legs straight out in front or bent to the side.
- Please sit quietly; take time to reflect prior to the start of the ceremony.
Park N' Ride:
Free parking is available at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park (4 Meadowview Lane). There will be free shuttles available from the park to in front of Chateau Mission Court on Mission Avenue from 9am - 2pm.
Additional parking is available at:
* Honorariums and transportation assistance are not provided for individuals choosing to attend this celebration.