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New hospital site blessed in Indigenous ceremony – Windsor

October 20, 2023

The commitment between the new Windsor-Essex hospital project and the peoples who originally lived here was reflected in a ceremony on Thursday.

Leadership from the region’s First Nation communities, Windsor Regional Hospital, and local elected officials gathered at the County Road 42 site for a ceremonial blessing of the land on which the new acute-care hospital will be built.

The Maamaawi Gidoozhichigemin, or “We Build Together” ceremony, was led by Caldwell First Nation and was on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Three Fires Confederacy [Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi].

The blessing ceremony was closed to the media and the general public, but officials gathered afterwards at the nearby Ciociaro Club in Tecumseh for a luncheon meeting.

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