Parks Canada and the Blackfoot Confederacy mark the start of construction with blessing
The start of construction on the new Visitor Centre in Waterton Lakes National Park, was honoured recently with a traditional Blackfoot ceremony.
Members of the Blood Tribe and Piikani First Nations took part in the blessing along with park staff and contractors. Parks Canada says it's working closely with both Kainai and Piikani to jointly develop the Visitor Centre's interpretive programming.
Once the new facility opens in the spring of 2021 , the centre’s interpretive exhibits and theatre will be a place where visitors can learn about Blackfoot culture, history, and their connection to what is now Waterton Lakes National Park.
The visitor centre’s interpretive design features a theme of Convergence: “a meeting place”. Indigenous stories, songs, graphics, symbols and exhibits are being incorporated into interpretive programming.