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’s pictograph image is hand drawn on Buffalo hide. The artist, Elder Wayne Goodwill from Standing Buffalo First Nations, is the only known pictograph artist in Southern Saskatchewan.
This hide has been spiritually blessed as a sacred bundle that holds powerful images and prayer. This sacred bundle signifies to Indigenous people that acknowledgement of kise watsis manito (kind loving God) first. This bundle is a collection of prayers acquired through spiritual ceremonies involving people affected by residential schools. Traditional Wisdom Keeper Dennis Omeasoo accompanies the robe to share its important and collect stories and prayers.
We wish to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 4 territory, traditional lands of the Nêhiyawak (neh HEY o wuk), Nahkawé (NUK ah way), Nakota, and homeland of the Métis, Lakota, and Dakota. We pray this gift of the Winter Count Buffalo Robe, we seek understanding, healing and reconciliation. The path is not always easy, but we choose to walk it together. Open our ears to listen to each others stories without judgement. May we recognize, celebrate and learn from sharing of the diverse values and traditions among all peoples. Embraced by your love, we are all your children. Open our hearts to reflect Your love to each other. You call us to be brothers and sisters on the path to Reconciliation- on the path to being Family. Heal our hearts Lord (Great Spirit) so we may get along with others, and together live peacefully and humbly on this life giving land.
May everyone we meet know of our praise of our Creator God’s name by singing and dancing in our hands, hearts, and feet, and be beating of drum, bell and bone, in the great fests of heaven and earth! Amen.