Lac La Ronge Indian Band, SK
Woodland Wellness Centre
21,656 sq. ft.
Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration
Blending western and traditional Indigenous approaches to healing and recovery, the Woodland Wellness Centre is a 24-bed facility for People in northern Saskatchewan and is designed to provide wellness, treatment, and recovery to those dealing with mental health and additions. Along with prevention and recovery, the eagle-shaped wellness centre has an in-patient care wing and an area for out-patients. It also includes an Elder’s office and medicine room; a childcare area to support family programming; a family room; offices for counsellors, health workers, and other employees; a music room, a dining room and kitchen; traditional and multi-purpose rooms for activities; and space for out-patient services for continuing care after the treatment program completion. The project also includes land-based education and healing spaces. The back of the building features a pond with walkways, a sweat lodge, gardens, a greenhouse, and a meat/hide preparation and smoke house.
The project also includes remote facilities in neighbouring communities to support transitioning back into the community and to allow family and friends to be an integral part of the healing process. This also provides easier access to outpatient services. A series of extensive consultations with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief and Council, Elders, Health Canada, the provincial government, and community members have informed the design of the Wellness Centre. Accessibility and flexibility are key driving forces so that the facility can adapt to the current and future needs of the community.
Awards and Publications
- Premier’s Awards of Excellence in Design, Honourable Mention (Interior Design Category) (2023)
- masi Design Awards, Silver (Healthcare & Wellness Category) (2023)