Orange Shirt Day 2019

For Yumi and her mother Samara recovering their Cree. For Yumi’s grandmother Jane and câpân Alice, whose Creeness was stolen. And with love and respect for all the others like them, especially those who never came home. 

ᐄ ᐊᑎ ᐳᐚᑕᒫᐣ
ᓂᑮ ᑭᑕᐦᐊᒫᑿᐠ ᐄᑳ ᑕ ᐲᑭᐢᑹᔮᐣ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐑᐏᐣ
ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ ᐃᑕ
ᑳ ᑭᐢᑮᖨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᐃᑿ ᑳ ᐑᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᓂᑕᐢᑭᕀ
ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᔮᐣ
ᑮ ᓇᑐᓇᒷᐠ – ᒫᑲ ᑮ ᑇᐦᐱᓃᐘᐠ –
ᑕ ᒦᐢᑯᑕᐢᑖᒋᐠ ᓂᑎᑏᖨᒥᓱᐏᐣ
ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᔮᐣ
ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓈᐱᐢᐠ ᑕ ᐱᓯᑿᐢᑏᐠ
ᐃᑕ ᑕ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᐦᑖᓄᐏᐠ ᐅᐢᑭ ᔮᑎᓯᐏᐣ
ᐃᑿ ᐅᐢᑭ ᐃᑕᑭᓱᐏᐣ
ᐃᑕ ᓂᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ
ᐄ ᒦᐢᑕᐦᐃᑳᑏᐠ ᐃᑿ ᐄ ᑳᓰᐦᐃᑳᑏᐠ
ᐃᑿ ᐊᓂᐦᐃ ᐃᑏᖨᒥᓱᐏᓇ
‘ᐅᑮᐢᑹᐲᐢᐠ,ᐃ ‘ᐅᑭᐦᑎᒥᐤ,ᐃ ᐃᒪᒑᔨᓯᐏᐣ,ᐃ ᐃᑿ ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ
ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᒪᒋ ᐃᑏᖨᐦᒋᑳᓱᐟ ‘ᐃᖨᓂᐏ
ᐊᓇ ᐅᑭᒫᐏᐏᐣ ᑳ ᐅᖬᐢᑖᐟ
ᐃᑯᑕ ᐱᓯᑿᐢᑏ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓈᐱᐢᑯᕽ ᑕ ᐅᖬᐢᑖᒋᐠ᙮
ᑮ ᑇᐦᐱᓃᐘᐠ!

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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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