Creator Wayne Goodwill has presented a traditional Buffalo Winter Count Robe to the University of Regina

News Release Release Date: April 7, 2022 3:30 p.m.

A special ceremony was held today to celebrate the presentation of a traditional Buffalo Winter Count Robe to the University of Regina.

The robe was painted by knowledge keeper Wayne Goodwill from Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation, and tells the story of the Indigenous experience from precolonial days to the present. It will be used as a teaching tool to support the University and surrounding community on the path of truth and reconciliation. 

“This Buffalo Winter Count Robe symbolizes what happened in the past 200 years to the First Nations people on the plains,” said Goodwill, one of the last known robe painters in the province.

“The University is truly honoured to welcome through ceremony this Buffalo Winter Count Robe,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Keshen. “These painted robes have traditionally been used to record historic events and keep alive stories of long ago. In that spirit, this robe will play an integral role in the University’s efforts to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.”

The commitment to truth and reconciliation is one of five areas of focus identified in the University‘s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, All Our Relations: kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak. The plan states reconciliation will occur through teaching, research, learning, and service efforts across our campuses, and throughout the province.

“The stories embedded in this robe help expose the truth of Canada’s colonial past and the impact on the original inhabitants of this land,” said Lori Campbell, Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement). “These stories are also a celebration of the remarkable strength and perseverance of those who have gone before us, those who are walking with us, and those who will come after us.”

 

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

 

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