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Nov 08, 2023
Ceremony part of ‘making kids aware that there’s other things that they can do,’ says Sioux Valley chief
A southwestern Manitoba First Nation is turning to its bison herd to help heal a community in crisis.
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Chief Vincent Tacan says the First Nation wants to reinforce positive messaging by connecting young people with traditions and ceremonies — and it’s using its bison herd to do that.
The First Nation is experiencing a crisis related to substance use and addiction, he said.
“We need to do something,” said Tacan. “This is just one part of the strategy … incorporating the buffalo, the teachings, the ceremonies, that sort of thing — making kids aware that there’s other things that they can do.”