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Giving Tree’ helps celebrate National Indigenous Day – Spruce Grove Examiner

Jun 18, 2021

For many traditional Indigenous Elders, it’s not about how much you have as it is about how much you give.

It is a belief that many Elders live by, and to celebrate this generosity and mark National Indigenous Day (June 21), a Giving Bowl will be placed under a Giving Tree in Parkland County’s Chickakoo Recreation area from June 17 to 22.

“Passers by are invited to take something from the bowl, and put something in if they want, but if they don’t it’s ok too. No strings attached,” said Ted Wright, chair of the Connecting With Our Indigenous Neighbours, the group organizing the Giving Tree.

The group will place the Giving Bowl, created by Parkland Potters Guild member Dianne Meili, along an accessible trail at Chickakoo Lake under a Spruce tree that’s known to be decorated by hikers each Christmas. The ceramic bowl is adorned with the image of a buffalo, an animal that has special meaning for Indigenous people. The buffalo gave its life so Indigenous people could use its meat for food, its hide for shelter and clothing, and horns and hooves for implements. The bowl will be filled with small tokens including books by Indigenous authors for people to enjoy.

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