National Aboriginal History Month Day Twenty-seven: oskâyak

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 Twenty-seven, the word is Youth: 

oskâyak / ᐅᐢᑳᔭᐠ

My photo is one of a powerful bunch from Winnipeg, the “Meet Me at the Belltower” group – part of AYO (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) – has been meeting on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg’s North End every Friday for over two years now, welcoming anyone willing to join them in their mission of reclaiming and rebuilding a healthy community (and training young activists in the process). I’ve have only managed to join them a couple of times, but I’m still proud to consider myself and my boys part of this community!

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