Saturday, January 27, 2018
Calgary airport celebrates National Aboriginal Day with Walking Buffalo film

Chief Walking Buffalo, a Chief of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Alberta, is a key personality in IofC Canada`s history. At the age of 87, he made an epic journey on behalf of MRA (as IofC was known then) to 22 countries with a message of love and respect for human dignity, and for Mother Earth.

On June 21, 2017--For the first time, National Aboriginal Day was recognized at Calgary International Airport. At the initiative of Phil Jones, a chaplain at the airport chapel, the film Walking Buffalo – World Journey was shown in the international departures area.

Passengers and the general public could watch the film while Henry Holloway from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation introduced indigenous culture through storytelling, song and dance.

This historical film is as valuable today as it was in the 1960s when the “World Journey “took place. It reflects the wisdom of First Nations’ thinking and culture.

What Walking Buffalo says at the end of the film is a wake-up call to the world even today.  “Everybody, stand up, stand together, unite and wake up for God’s sake! We are the people who made the world into darkness. When we get into darkness, we bump our heads together and have a  headache. We can’t see each other. We need a light.”

As one employee at the airport said: “This film should be seen by everyone in Canada”.

Joy Newman, Calgary