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Buffalo mount honouring Indigenous culture, history unveiled at Sacred Heart School

A new buffalo mount was unveiled at Regina Catholic Schools’ Sacred Heart School Monday, as part of Orange Shirt Day festivities. Marney Blunt / Global News

A new buffalo mount was unveiled at Regina Catholic Schools’ Sacred Heart School Monday, as part of Orange Shirt Day festivities.

The new mount is meant to recognize the significance the buffalo plays in First Nations history. It also pays tribute to Elder Mike Pinay.

“As we transitioned to the new school we thought it would be important to honour the buffalo,” Sacred Heart School Principal Dave Magnusson said.

“Elder Mike Pinay was part of the planning process as we built the new school, and he was always a part of our school as he went in the classrooms and talked about the buffalo and the historical significance for our First Nations cultures and he talked about how the buffalo is used for shelter, clothing, food, tools, weapons; no parts of the buffalo were wasted, everything was used and very valuable.”

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Next to the buffalo mount, the quote “Education is the new buffalo” from the late Elder Pinay is written across the wall.

The school also held a traditional pipe ceremony during the blessing and a traditional mini feast.

The school purchased the six-foot tall buffalo mount at an estate sale in Qu’Appelle, Sask. and it was installed in the school last week.

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