Sacred Fire

A path leading to the Sacred Fire near the edge of the Speed River with 4 large boulders surrounding it.
Local First Nations, Métis, Mixed Ancestry, Inuit have come together to create a Sacred Fire space located in Royal City Park.

Indigenous groups use the Sacred Fire for spiritual gatherings including celebration, prayer, gratitude and personal healing. Fire Keepers support local Indigenous groups using the sacred fire according to their own unique traditions. Fire Keepers stay with the fire at all times.

The location was chosen for its proximity to the merging rivers, a meeting point for Original Peoples.

About the Sacred Fire

This Sacred Fire was designed by representatives of the local First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Mixed Ancestry community to reflect the Original Peoples of the land on which we reside.

The importance of gathering in circle for community, cultural and ceremonial purposes is shared across Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America).

This Sacred Fire is one of the ways the City of Guelph has chosen to honour the traditions of the many Original Peoples who live here today.

Territorial acknowledgement

Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Mixed Ancestry people today. By having a territorial acknowledgement, we recognise the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples on whose traditional territory we live today.