Oak Tree Planted in Memory of Ben

Ben Carriere’s father visited MD on Wednesday April 29 to share his indigenous wisdom, his memories and to present a gift to the school.  The oak tree planted in Ben’s memory will become a sacred space, where anyone can go and slow down, reflect, connect with nature and de-stress.

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Several offerings, including sweet grass, were passed, experienced and shared before going in the freshly dug hole, where they will become part of the tree.

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Participants were smudged (cleansed by smoke) if they wished, before approaching the tree to pay their respects.

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Several of Ben’s friends dug the hole in which the tree was planted.

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The tree was secured into its resting spot, a place that is now a ‘sacred space’.

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Mr. Caughlin provided the tree with its first water…

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… while Mr. Pearce recited this poem as an offering and for reflection.

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