This week, the Deveraux team was joined by our Indigenous Consultation team, city staff, and Councillor Richard Pootmans for an informal blessing ceremony, conducted by Blackfoot Elder Camille Pablo Russell on The Icon at Medicine Hill project located at 1400 Na’a Drive SW, Calgary.
Medicine Hill (or Aiss’ka’pooma in Blackfoot and Paskapoo/Paskapiw in Cree) has great historical significance to the Indigenous, as it served as a buffalo hunting site and a space of reflection and vision quests for the young men of the various tribes and nations.
The blessing ceremony is of vital importance to the Indigenous, where the intent is to seek permission from Mother Earth to use the lands before embarking on construction.
Our team’s objective is to continue the ongoing Indigenous traditions of storytelling, to seek permission before taking, and to always respect and pay homage to the lands and traditions we’re excited to share with the next generation of peoples who will reside on these lands.
The Icon at Medicine Hills will feature 340 luxury apartment units with 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suite configurations.