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Day of Prayer held for the Blood Tribe

June 25, 2020

The Kainai Wellness Centre in Standoff ushered in a convoy of vehicles to pray for the community, which is the Blackfoot Confederacy. As Micah Quinn explains, this prayer is to encourage community members who have been impacted by COVID-19 or the impact of opioids on the people of the Blood Tribe.

The day of prayer is called, "Aatso'tsiiyika'kimao", which means, "We all try hard together", in Blackfoot.

The Kainai Wellness Centre staff led a convoy of vehicles through communities of the Blood Tribe. Elders were there to pray for the community members, and to smudge. Smudging is a tradition for many First Nation and Metis people. It involves the burning of one or more medicines from the earth, and it is meant to cleanse the soul of negative thoughts of a place or person.

Many community members are used to being able to gather and pray, but because of covid-19, most big gatherings and cultural and social events are closed. Participants were urged to come to one of the four locations today to receive prayers.