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British Columbia

Trail of Song Healing Forest

Lumby, B.C. Established in 2022 The Trail of Song Healing Forest was established in 2022 within the Wildcraft Forest interpretive trail, located in the North Okanagan. In collaboration with local Indigenous and community groups and artists, the Wildcraft Forest Foundation will develop nature-based educational materials for the Trail of Song. Partners: Members of the Okanagan Indian Band, Wildcraft Forest Foundation, Regional District of North Okanagan.

Cheam First Nation Healing Forest

Rosedale, B.C. Proposed in 2022 Cheam First Nation will establish a quiet place for solace, reflection and healing beside their longhouse in B.C.’s Fraser Valley. Partners: Cheam First Nation, Sardis Community Church

Silver Tip to Wedzin Bin Trail Project

Unist'ot'en Village + Gidimt'en Checkpoint, B.C. Proposed in 2022 The Sacred Headwaters Healing Forest is a project led by members of the Gidimt’en and Unist’ot’en, two clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C.’s Interior. The clans are collaborating to complete a six-kilometre trail to Wedzin Bin (colonial name Morice Lake). The trail will provide Wet’suwet’en access to the healing properties of these forests and sacred headwaters. Partners: Unist'ot'en Healing Centre; Unist’ot’en Clan; Gidimt’en Clan

ts'ukw'um Healing Forest 

Sechelt, B.C. Proposed in 2022 The proposed ts’ukw’um Healing Forest is located on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, on a seasonal shíshálh Nation village site. A local non-profit group is working with an Elder, whose ancestors lived in the village for hundreds of years, to establish a Healing Forest trail to the village site. Partners: Local Elder, Elphinstone Logging Focus Society (ELF)

Pleasant Valley Healing Forest

Spallumcheen BC Established in 2023 The Healing Forest within Pleasant Valley Wetland Heritage Park will integrate the Grove of 215 trees planted in October 2021 in memory of the Kamloops Industrial Residential School's lost children and two pocket forests with trees dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. This park is dedicated to Secwepemc Elder Mary Thomas, a cherished figure whose sister was one of the children.

Gibsons Healing Forest

Gibsons, B.C. Proposed in 2020 In 2020, the Town of Gibsons presented a proposal to establish a Healing Forest within White Tower Park and Charman Creek ravine to the Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation). There are several natural paths throughout the planned area under a mature forest canopy. Bench seating along a stone pathway will be available to all visitors, including those from a nearby seniors’ residence and affordable housing complex. A pond is being planned, as well as an education centre for teachings about reconciliation and the importance of nature and Indigenous plants.

st’elmixw salnachiya Healing Forest, Kinnikinnick Park

Sechelt, B.C. Proposed in 2022 The st’elmixw salnachiya (medicine forest) Healing Forest is being proposed for a municipal park adjacent to Kinnikinnick Elementary School in Sechelt, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. The park’s forested trails are used daily by students, including many from the shíshálh Nation. Staff from the school will work with shíshálh language and culture teachers and Elders to develop a Healing Forest in the park. Partners: Kinnikinnick Elementary School; School District 46; District of Sechelt; shíshálh Nation; Syiyaya Reconciliation Group

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