Brandon University and the community as a whole have responded in a big way after fire viewed as suspicious destroyed a tipi in the courtyard on the BU grounds earlier this week.
Now constructed on the campus lawn in front of Clark Hall as part of a Community Tipi Build yesterday are five tipis, which the University in a notice shared yesterday described as a show of solidarity and resilience in the wake of the fire.
According to CBC the original courtyard tipi had been setup as part of a conference hosted by the University of the American Men’s Studies Association.
The Police in yesterday’s media release reported that the fire that destroyed the initial tipi was believed to have taken place between 1:30 and 2am. The cause is said to be unknown.. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police at 204-729-2345.
Update: 3:20pm. With statement made, rain in the forecast and the need to prep for National Indigenous Peoples’ Day the five tipis will be coming down this afternoon. As part of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations on June 20th at the Riverbank Discovery Centre the same five along with at least five more will be back on display.