A New Year’s Wish from Darren Okemaysim

I’ve known Darren so long, I can’t even remember when we met. It was a genuine treat to see him, and get a big bear hug at the SICC Language Keepers Conference a few weeks ago. In sharing his Facebook post here, my friends and colleagues at the Cree Literacy Network join me in returning — and helping to spread — his kind thoughts and good wishes. As Les Skinner responded (also on Facebook): tâpwê miywâsin kinanâskomitin Darren.


kâ-ati-kîsipipayik ôma askîwin, nipakosêyihtamâtinâwâw ka-miyo-ohcêtowi-kîsikanisiyêk kâhkiyaw,

ka-miywâyâyêk êkwa ka-nâkatêyimâyêkok kâhkiyaw kiwahkômâkanak

(kaa-u.ti-kee.si.pi.peye.ik…owe.mu…as.kee.win,..ni.pu.go.say’h.tu.maa.ti.naa.wow…ku-mee.yoo-ooh.chey.to.wi-gee.si.gun.see.yayk….kaah.key.yoe, …


As the year ends, I hope for a good New Year to you all, to have good health and to care for all your family members.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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