Chief Black Bear is the “Chief for all creatures on the land.” He represents the societal values of the Okanagan People, in which self-sacrifice, leadership and giving are a key part of healthy living. Black Bear’s willingness to sacrifice himself leads the other chiefs to do the same, giving us the teaching that we are all dependent on each other’s willingness to sacrifice for the good of others. As a chief, Black Bear demonstrates that our leaders are to be the first to sacrifice for the good of the community.
Chief Black Bear is representative of Governance, leadership and the selflessness that accompanies these positions within a community. His actions provide the blueprint for the call of leadership and the sacrifice that is needed by those who hold this position. Chief Black Bear leads through his lifestyle, experience and wisdom. Community Planning is about creating a better tomorrow, and Black Bear reminds us that our present actions are building a foundation for the next generation, and we need to sacrifice today to give those who are coming in the next generation a better life.
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