National Aboriginal History Month Day Thirteen: kêhtê-aya

CalendarUrban Native Magazine and Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association have launched a photograph challenge (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in honour of National Aboriginal History Month. They’re using the Twitter hashtag #NAHM2015PhotoADay.

Here at the Cree Literacy Network, we’ve decided to play along, by gathering the images suggested – but (with help from Solomon Ratt) captioning them in Cree.

For Day Thirteen, the word is elder. 

kêhtê-aya / ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭ

While we are grateful to all those elders who share their understanding of Cree culture and language, there’s no contest today in choosing a photo to capture the love, compassion and wisdom in the face of our own dear elder, Bette Spence who influenced so many lives in her years as a counselling elder at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, and who continues to be an inspiration every day.

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Elder Bette Spence, 26 May 2009, Winnipeg


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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