Lethbridge School District No. 51 hosts its first Tipi Transfer Ceremony

On Thursday, June 22, Lethbridge School District No. 51 held its first District Tipi Transfer Ceremony. Part of Blackfoot cultural protocols call for a Tipi Transfer to be designated to both a male and female caretaker who the tipi will be transferred to. Both John Chief Calf and Andrea Fox were asked by elders to take on the roles as the caretakers for the District Tipi.

To help prepare for the ceremony, a group of students at Victoria Park High School worked under the mentorship of Monte Wolf Child, a knowledge keeper, who is the grandson of FNMI Advisory Committee Elder, Bruce Wolf Child. Monte guided the students through the proper process of painting the tipi, which included a Rights to Paint a Tipi Ceremony that took place June 5 at Victoria Park. Bruce Wolf Child officiated the ceremony. Those who were part of the tipi painting, the students painting the tipi, Victoria Park FNMI Liaison Kendall Good Rider, Monte Wolf Child, Fox and Victoria Park principal Ian Lowe were in attendance and participated in the ceremony.

Date posted: June 22, 2018

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