MOHAWK VILLAGE MEMORIAL PARK
Location Six Nations of the Grand River
Client Native Mohawk Village Memorial Park Board of Directors
Type New Construction and Renovation
Size 29500 sf
The Mohawk Village Memorial Park honours the children who attended the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School that once occupied the site. After the school was closed, the site was returned to the Six Nations of the Grand River, who envisioned a park that would preserve awareness of the history of the residential school system, as well as provide a space for reflection, memorial, and gathering.
The park will feature a large gathering space focused around a central pavilion with seating, cooking facilities and washrooms. Earthwork mounds enclose and frame the new park space, separating it from the building while recalling the mound building tradition of indigenous peoples. Three Sisters and sacred medicine gardens, prairie gardens, natural play elements, and a memory tree grove restore plant species to help naturalize the landscape and support biodiversity. Interpretive signage panels are designed to harmonize with the surrounding environment, and provide way-finding and informative details to guide guests through the park.