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Over the years Workun Garrick has maintained wonderful relationships with many First Nations Clients throughout Alberta. In its history the Firm has worked with 39 different Alberta First Nations (delivering 14 schools)
and delivering many other community-building facilities. The design of First Nations buildings, especially schools, in First Nations communities must usually consider many aspects of the Community’s social fabric. In these cases, the “School Building” forms and maintains social bonds, and typically provides a singular place for education, culture, health, and celebration. The building becomes a place where citizens feel safe, where they can grow, learn or heal, and where they can strengthen their community and cultural ties.
For each of our First Nations projects our top priority is to obtain maximum feedback from stakeholders groups, community Leaders, community members, Elders, and First Nation youth groups. Our tested methodology includes community input sessions, community participation, and the specification of First Nation resources and local trades.
The success of our projects is directly associated with our ability to “tap into” our First Nation client’s objectives, thoughts, languages, and historical values. A well-defined, culturally expressive building is solely dependent on our ability to obtain Nation input regarding culturally significant aspects relating to habitation patterns, studies of cultural symbolism, existence, nature, and spirituality.