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Kelvin Tipi Keepers held a Dedication Ceremony involving Indigenous Elders, Administration, staff, and students recently. Students from Tipi Keepers and the Kelvin Aboriginal Group were led by Lakota Elder Wanbi Wakita in erecting the 30 foot tall tipi on Kelvin's grounds for the first time.
The ceremony formally launched Kelvin student Tipi Keepers on their journey to learn the values and traditions associated with this Plains First Nations dwelling and to use the Kelvin tipi as a teaching lodge in which they, in turn, will teach others the stories, the design and the roles played by the tipi and those that have used it as a place of shelter, healing, counsel, and rest.
Students made bannock to share in preparation for the ceremony. The unseasonably warm day was welcome for the mounting of the tipi, which involved careful measuring and co-operation.
Many thanks to all involved for a memorable morning of community building!