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Travelling art exhibit launches prayers for Jasper’s caribou

Garrah said visitors to the legislature were asking lots of questions about the project, giving her the opportunity to tell the story of Jasper’s caribou population. 

The woodland caribou herds in Jasper have declined significantly over the last century and Tuktu Prayers’ goal is to educate Canadians about their national parks and the importance of keeping them wild. “Tuktu is Inuit for Caribou, and the prayer is that Caribou will continue to be part of Canada’s wild for centuries to come,” reads the exhibit’s web site.

Jasper National Park and the wildlife that it sustains greatly enrich the province, said Ken Kowalski, speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Kerri Button, head of visitor services at the legislature, estimated that close to 3,000 people came through the building to see the exhibit over its three-day run. Throughout the month, the legislature has featured a choir and free hot chocolate to entice sightseers into the buildings rotunda.

“By all indications, it was very well received by our visitors,” Button said.

Tuktu Prayers will arrive at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives next year on Septemeber 14 to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday. 

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