National Aboriginal History Month Day Thirteen: kêhtê-aya

Urban 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

 

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