Indigenous courtyard planned for Grande Prairie Regional Hospital – My Grande Prairie Now

Mar. 5th, 2022

One of the next steps for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is to create an Indigenous courtyard, complete with a teepee, a Métis Red River cart, an inukshuk, and a garden to grow medicine. Len Auger, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Engagement Committee for Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, says it’s part of their efforts to make the facility more inclusive.

“Once the weather is warmer, we will start planting the garden in the courtyard. We also intend to bring in a full-size teepee and see if we can get someone to build an inukshuk for us. I’d like to bring in other artifacts as well once things start to come together.”

The committee was created as part of larger efforts in the City of Grande Prairie to honour the 94 calls to action, outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Auger says he is committed to making the facility one Indigenous people feel safe in because hospitals can be a difficult place for them to visit.

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