Today, the National Trust for Canada presented the 2021 Cornerstone Award to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority in the Transformative Projects category for its recently completed $40 million “Thundering Ahead” campaign that resulted in a complete renewal of the Wanuskewin Park, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority, which owns and operates the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, aims to advance the understanding and appreciation of the Northern Plains Indigenous peoples and their cultures. The project included adding facilities at Wanuskewin to allow the re-introduction of a small resident herd of bison. Facilities comprised provisions for feeding, watering, handling, and safe public engagement with the animals. Associated Engineering led the design and construction of the bison facilities.
This project involved a cultural journey for our team, as we participated in awareness activities developed by Wanuskewin and their elders. The success of this initiative highlights the unique collaborative effort that became a shared vision, echoing Indigenous collaborations of centuries past.
Congratulations to the project team!