Friday, April 2, 2010

Gift of white bison deemed historic event

First Nations people in Manitoba are hailing the gift of a white bison calf from the City of Winnipeg as a historic sign of hope and renewal.

During a ceremony Monday morning at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo, Mayor Sam Katz presented two calves — one white and one brown — to the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, which is located near Brandon in southwestern Manitoba.

'For me, [this] signifies a new beginning,' said Chief Donna Elk. 'I think that's the easiest way to put it — to have this day to look back on and to remember, to say to our children that the white buffalo has come home.'

Elders of the Dakota Nation consider the white bison a strong spiritual and cultural symbol.

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