Brocket school selects cultural ambassadors as Piikani Days wrap up

 By Laurie Tritschler  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Students, educators and elders wrapped up this spring’s Piikani Days at Brocket’s Education Campus last Friday. They’d spent much of the past week celebrating Piikanissini, or “who we are as a people,” through song and dance and traditional Blackfoot games. The Piikani, one of four First Nations within the Blackfoot Confederacy, have criss-crossed what is now southwestern Alberta and northern Montana for millennia before their more recent ancestors signed Treaty 7 in the late 19th century. They intend to preserve their way of life for millennia to come, as their credo makes unambiguously clear. “We’ll be known forever by the forever we leave behind,” Billy Yellowhorn reminded the kids as they filed back into Naapi Playground Elementary. They’d met outside to recognize first-grader…

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