We were blessed to welcome Traditional Knowledge Keeper Dennis who shared the Winter Count Buffalo Robe with St. Gregory staff and students. Each student was gifted with a prayer card so we can continue to bring prayers to this project and specifically this sacred bundle. Click here to read more about the project.
The Winter Count Buffalo Robe Bundle is a project initiated by the Regina Catholic School Division, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Regina that represents a concrete response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. The goal of the project is to build mutual respectful relationships and Reconciliation between our First Nations, Metis and Inuit students & families within our faith community and the Catholic Church.
The Winter Count Buffalo Robe pictograph image is hand drawn on a buffalo hide. This hide has been spiritually blessed as a sacred bundle that holds powerful images and prayers that will be presented as a gesture of good faith and Reconciliation to the Pope in Rome or in anticipation of his visit to Saskatchewan.
Artist, Elder Wayne Goodwill is the only known pictograph artist in Southern Saskatchewan. kisē watisit manito “kind loving God” first. This bundle is a collection of prayers acquired through spiritual ceremonies involving common people affected by Residential School.