Gwekwaadziwin Treatment Facility

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M'Chigeeng FN, Ontario

Gwekwaadziwin Treatment facility, located in M’Chigeeng Ontario, utilizes traditional teachings from the land.

The treatment center is divided into four (4) main programs, administration, intake and assessment, the residence, and the commons.

When designing this facility, indigenous culture was at the heart of every decision. Connecting the building to the natural elements and creating a home like environment were both key factor in the buildings design. This can be seen through the building’s spatial organization, materiality, and orientation.

Key Features

Spatial Organization
As a compliment to the Medicine Wheel, spaces have been divided into four main programs: administration, intake and assessment, the residences, and the commons.
Traditional wood construction is included throughout the facility. Heavy timbers are in the cultural spaces while cedar wood accents are throughout the facility. Additional considerations include patterns seen in the floors and the preparation of spaces for artwork.

Services Rendered


  • Connection to the land
  • Create a home-like environment


  • Materiality and openings allow for interior/exterior connection.
  • Materiality and traditional wood construction

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