The City of Guelph revealed more details Monday on the now completed Sacred Fire space they created in partnership with local First Nations, Métis, Mixed Ancestry and Inuit peoples, located in Royal City Park.
The landmark will be utilized for spiritual gatherings by Indigenous groups for celebration, prayer, gratitude and personal healing, a press release from the city said.
Fire Keepers will support the local groups according their own unique traditions that have carried forward generation after generation.
Parks manager Martin Neumann said the city is honoured that Indigenous people “trusted us to help bring their long-needed Sacred Fire to life” as part of the reconciliation dialogue.
“This sacred space acknowledges that Guelph is situated on treaty land, of which we are stewards, and honours our community’s unique history and culture,” Neumann added.
Members of the Seven Generations Forward Circle said that the project was “a dream almost 30 years in the making” and that they look forward “to sharing this sacred space with the Guelph community at specific times of the year.”
The spot was chosen specifically nearby the point where two rivers come together — the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.
Prior to Monday, there was some confusion around what the assortment of boulders and a metal cover was for.
Heather Flaherty, a general manager for the parks and recreation department at city hall, told The Post that the total cost for the project — that is still expected to receive signage — will cost around $30,000.
However, the local Indigenous community pitched in $5,000 to help build the sacred site.
When it comes to community events, Flaherty says that the Sacred Fire will largely be used by Indigenous People’s year-round but that there will be public ceremonies planned and promoted for the larger community of Guelph, as well.
More details to follow.