Ozhkiimaajaawin "New Beginnings"
Ceremonial & Cultural Grounds
On Thursday, August 23, 2013, Eyaa-Keen’s Co-Founders and Co-Directors Mel and Shirley Chartrand, the Board, Elders and the staff of the centre conducted the Grand Opening of the Eyaa-Keen Healing Centre Ceremonial Grounds with special guests, teachings and a wonderful feast prepared by volunteers and staff.
It was a beautiful day as guests sat together and listened to our Elders share their knowledge. Special guest Chief Arvol Looking Horse led the pipe ceremony to officially open Bless the ceremony grounds and the White Buffalo area.
At the Grand Opening, Chief Looking Horse and Mel and Shirley Chartrand made a proclamation declaring August 23 Honouring the White Buffalo Day.
Guest speakers included Chief Arvol Looking Horse; Chief Tacan; Tina Keeper; and a number of representatives from Eyaa-Keen Healing Centre, including Board Member Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director Wayne Mason and Co-Directors Mel and Shirley Chartrand.
The grounds are located 35 minutes north east outside of Winnipeg. The grounds is 49 aces of solid bush located in Mars Hill Wildlife Management AREA (see attached map). The property is surrounded by mainly crown land and was chosen for its abundance of indigenous medicines, wildlife and trails. This location provides a natural setting and a spiritual setting to reconnect, rejuvenate and become more grounded with nature and within themselves.
There are several sweat lodges and teepees
Over the past four years, much development was a road was created, an opening was cleared for a 30’ * 30’ main building to house a sweat lodge with small feast area for winter use. A covered cooking and eating area with handmade clay oven, Tepees, toilets. During the fall/winter of 2014/15, a 20’*30’ addition was added to the main 30’*30’ building to accommodate group sessions and ceremonies. Now the building is 30’ * 50’. The site is totally off grid and uses the latest technology in the solar systems for lighting and in-floor heating with wood stove.
The site met international standards as per our CARF International Accreditation.
Honouring White Buffalo Day is held annually the 3rd Saturday of August with a new theme each year.
Fall of 2014, we had the honour of hosting a Feast, Teachings and Sweat lodge ceremony for the RBW - Royal Winnipeg Ballet and team to prepare them for their production of “Going Home Star”.
Eyaa-keen provides groups with the teachings, understandings and experience of Indigenous Ways and wellness.