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, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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