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Plains Cree Elders Quotes

Freda Ahenakew, Muskeg Lake First Nation

"If you want to learn your language you need to use it!!!"

"kispin ki-nohté néhiyawanáwáw, ta-néhiyawiyék pohko!!!"

Freda Ahenakew, Muskeg Lake First Nation

"Knowing your language gives you an inner strength and pride in your heritage."

"ki-ká-nihta-néhiyawihinin ki-ká-sohki-téhiyan mina ká-kístéyimotín ki-t-aniskomakíwin."

Smith Atimoyoo, Little Pine First Nation

"We have to put our minds together as Indian people for the good of our youngsters and teach our children their mother tongue."

"ta-mámawi-mámitoniyitamak pohko óma kakiyaw néhiya-iyiniwak ki-ciwasiminiwak ohci ta-miyo payicik ekwa mina ta-kiskinahamawakicik o-píkiskwéwináwáw."

Isiah Bear, Muskoday First Nation

"In the old days we used to respect everything… This isn’t done today, that’s why we are lost."

"kíyaté-mana kahkiyaw kikway ni-kí-kistéyihtamak… ékwa óma anohc namowiya ékohsi itócikatwéw, ékoci óma éyakohk ésa ká-wanisiniyak."

Vital Daniels, Sturgeon Lake First Nation

"Family is what keeps us happy! Being together, helping one another out is what family is all about."

"óma óta ka-mámawítisáníhitowak éyako ka-miyowatamak, ta-wicihitowak ékosi isi wítisánítiwin ka-miyowátakahk."

Helen Fineday, Sweetgrass First Nation

"The parents are the ones who should teach the young about the language, the culture and the traditional worldview."

"o-níkihikomáwiniwak oki wiyawáw ta-kí-kiskinahamawacik oskahisak o-néhiyawíwináwáw, o-táwisíhcikéwináwáw ékwa mina o-néhiyawátisi-mámitoniyimowíwináwáw."

Edward Fox, Sweetgrass First Nation

"I will never let my culture go! I fear for our young people. I hope they have enough sense to seek spiritual guidance from the elders."

"niya namwawika ni-ka-ohci-pakitinín néhiyawascikiwin! oki oskiyak wiyawáw ni-kostamowáwak. kéhté-yawa ta-kí-mamisí-pakoséyimowacik."

John Mosquito, Nekaneet First Nation

"Our Creator put us here on earth. He gave us different languages to use. He put us here to love and respect each other."

"óta askihk ki-mámawohtáwimáw ka-kí-ohséhikowak, ka-sákihitowak mina ta-kistéyiméhtowak. ki-kí-miyikowésiwinaw pá-pitos-píkiskwéwina ta-áyamihitowak."

Edward Okanee, Thunderchild First Nation

"The treaties must not be forgotten. We must remind our children of this."

"oki asotamákowihona namowihkac tá-kí-wanikiskisíyak. ki-cawasimisiniwak pohko tá-kiskisimówakicik."

Cree Proverb

"Realize that we as human beings have been put on this earth for only a short time and that we must use this time to gain wisdom, knowledge, respect and the understanding for all human beings since we are all relatives."

"ka-kí-kiskéyihtétan óma, namoya kinwés maka aciyowés pohko óma óta ka-hayayak wasétam askihk, ékwa ka-kakwéy miskétan kiskéyihtamowin, iyinísiwin, kistéyitowin, mina nánisitotatowin kakiya ayisiniwak, ékosi óma kakiya ka-wahkotowak."

Cree Proverb

"Love one another and help one another."

"sákihitók mina wicíhitók."

Cree Proverb

"Be truthful and respectful in our speech, which in itself is a miracle and a gift from the Creator, that we might use it only to speak good of each other and pass on the good things of life."

"óma ka-píkiskwéyák ta-kí kistéyihtomowak mina ta-kí-tapwéyak, éyako áyamiwin mitoni mamáhtáwisíhcikéwin óma ki-mámawóhtawímawánaw ká-kí-miyo-miyikowak, ka-tahkaki- píkiskwatówák ékwa mina ka-miyo-aniskowinimak pimatisiwiwina."

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