Orange Shirt Day 2016 – with help from Darren Okemaysim


Crystal Anderson - from Fox Lake, Manitoba, and her baby boy Trenton, looking great in orange.

Crystal Anderson – from Fox Lake, Manitoba, and her boy Trenton looking great in orange.

Thanks to Darren Okemaysim for giving us these thoughts in Cree:

  • kâhkiyaw awâsisak itakosiwak:   ᑳᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ ᐃᑕᑯᓯᐘᐠ
    ‘all children matter’
  • osâwâwi-pâpakôwayâni-kîsikâw: mâmitonêyimihkok kâhkiyaw aniki awâsisak kâ-kî-nitawi-kiskinohamâkosicik ayamihêwi-kiskinwahamâtowina: ᐅᓵᐚᐏᐹᐸᑰᐘᔮᓂᑮᓯᑳᐤ, ᒫᒥᑐᓀᔨᒥᐦᑯᐠ ᑳᑭᔭᐤ ᐊᓂᑭ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ ᑳᑮᓂᑕᐏᑭᐢᑭᓄᐦᐊᒫᑯᓯᒋᐠ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐁᐏᑭᐢᑭᐣᐘᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᓇ᙮
    ‘It’s Orange Shirt Day, remember those children that went to Residential Schools.’

Talking to kids today about residential schools? Here’s a list of 10 books compiled by the CBC that you might like to look at:

Read more here about Orange Shirt Day here:

What is Orange Shirt Day? A Tribute to Taken Children




About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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