Pearleen Kanewopasikot: Why Language is Important

Thank you, Pearleen Kanewopasikot, for sharing this interview about the importance of language and culture, and for providing transcription in Cree (so others can read along and learn)! I hope we can encourage you to try even more transcription in the near future. Fully-fluent first-language Cree speakers are precious and rare: when they share in their language, we can all learn a lot! kinanâskomitin: I am grateful to you! 

Mētoni nīsta nimīyowēyitēn ōta ē-pēwīciwēyan, iskwēwak ōki māna ēmāmiskōtākik pōko kikway, ēkwa ē-sīhtoskatōwak, aya, kakwē-kiskinōhāmāsōya, ēkwa kahkiyaw nitatoskanan mīna, ēkwa ēkiskinohāmakēya mihcēt.

Waskacōsihk ohci ōma nīya. Askihtakiw Pīyēsiw Iskwēw nitsi-nēhiyawihkason.

I am very happy to be part of this group, the women speak of many different things. We support each other as we continue with higher education, and we are all working and many of us are teaching.

I am from Little Pine First Nation. My ceremonial name is Blue Thunderbird Woman.

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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