With Indigenous culture and knowledge systems at the forefront of this design inspiration, the pamināwasowin Child Care Centre was designed and renovated to accommodate a large, 90 child care space, ranging in age and groups to accommodate 12 infants, 53 Preschoolers and 25 Toddlers.
The First Nations University of Canada partnered with Ray Gosselin Architect Limited, and Ledcor Construction Limited, to design and renovate the space, formerly the Student Success Services department, to include learning and play areas, an infant sleeping room, a kitchen, laundry room and office spaces. pamināwasowin translates to “child rearing” in Cree.
Estevan Police Service (EPS) required the design and construction of a one-storey
building with with a basement to meet growing administrative and community needs.
The facility also creates additional room for use by local community groups offering a collaborative environment, and enables enforcement to facilitate meetings.
Secure ICF walls of provided space offers a visual reinforcement of the department’s philosophy and placement of mechanical and electrical service rooms in the basement provide future expansion space if needed. Offices, boardrooms, kitchen and washrooms are to be located on the main floor. A covered walkway links the original and new building and is complimented with exterior walkways, ramps, and new parking stalls.
The Muskowekwan Family Healing and Wellness Centre will be the first of its kind in SK. First Nations families will, for the first time, be able to access unique care, treatment, support and services within Treaty Four Territory, with their families.
This model of care was developed with guidance from the community and integrates a wide range of health, mental health, and wellness services for families who can reside together on-site for treatment. Most importantly, it provides traditional wellness programming to support all family healing journeys, including traditional languages, medicines, land-based therapies, ceremonies and cultural activities. It also integrates required services with mainstream multidisciplinary health providers to support family in-centre stays and long-term support.
A partnership design by 1080 Architecture & RGAL - This Centre will be a demonstration site for a revolutionary cultural approach in Canada to family healing, providing opportunities for students, practicing professionals and healthcare administrators to see improved health outcomes for First Nations people through this culturally responsive approach.
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