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Health Social Healing Centre Dän Sôthän Nûtl’et Do
(Medicine, Sun, Earth, Moon)  2012
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The Health Social Healing Centre ("Dän Sôthän Nûtl’et Do - a place to get better") reflects the culture of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation in accommodating the health needs of their citizens. It offers the community traditional healing, counselling, and wellness programs in conjunction with western based health care. The Centre recognizes in both design and services that human health is interconnected with environmental health.

The sacred circle and its relationship to the skyscape—a symbol of the cycles of living and healing—is used as a design metaphor throughout the building—expressed in the heavy timber and log construction, and seen most distinctly in the facility’s central counselling room - the Healing Hall. In its manifestation as a great medicine wheel, it reflects traditional belief that a circle of life connects all living things and through the wheel one can strive to find balance between mind, body and  spiritto achieve and maintain good health. The Hall aligns on axis with the summer and winter solstices, and the spring & fall equinoxes. The 4 main beams and quadrants supporting its roof represent the 4 cardinal directions, the 4 elements and the 4 components of healingthe physical, spiritual, mental and emotional realms. Radiating beams (spokes) correspond with the lunar calendar.

 
 
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