BY KELLY ROCHE
Mississauga’s first traditional sweat lodge in more than 100 years is being unveiled in Clarkson Saturday morning.
“This is the start of a journey in reclaiming space within the City of Mississauga for our traditional teachings and ceremonies,” said Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) president Kris Noakes.
“This is just the beginning for all of us to do great things together.”
The sweat lodge, a dome-shaped frame made of tree saplings at Bradley Museum, will host traditional ceremonies for the Indigenous community.
In addition, residents can learn about traditional ways of wellness and healing among First Nations people.
A healing garden is also being planted, merging the teachings of the medicine wheel and four sacred remedies, said Noakes, including cedar, sweet grass, tobacco and sage.
“Part of our responsibility is to preserve our knowledge and teachings by providing space in Mississauga to share our traditions and culture,” said Noakes.
The sweat lodge and healing garden are part of the city’s two-year pilot project with PAN.
“There is no question that our Indigenous roots play a significant role in telling the unique story of our young city,” said manager and chief curator of culture, Stuart Keeler.
“We’re very excited to share this important part of the city’s history and culture with the people of Mississauga.”
Both projects are funded by the Community Foundation of Mississauga and Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.