National Indigenous People’s Language Day, 2021

askiy kitohtâpamihikonaw;
yôtin kitohtâyêhyêhikonaw;
iskotêw kitohtâkîsôwihikonaw;
nipiy kitohtâminihkwênaw;
kipîkiskwêwininawa, kitâtayôhkêwininawa, kiwâhkômitowininawa, kimâmawinitowininawa
kahkiyaw ôhi kitohtâpamihikonaw, kahkiyaw kipimâcihikonaw.
ᐊᐢᑭᐩ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ;
ᔫᑎᐣ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᔦᐦᔦᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ;
ᐃᐢᑯᑌᐤ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᑮᓲᐏᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ;
ᓂᐱᐩ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᒥᓂᐦᑵᓇᐤ;

ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐘ, ᑭᑖᑕᔫᐦᑫᐏᓂᓇᐘ, ᑭᐚᐦᑰᒥᑐᐏᓂᓇᐘ, ᑭᒫᒪᐏᓂᑐᐏᓂᓇᐘ
ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᐆᐦᐃ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ, ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑭᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ᙮

Earth nourishes us; Wind gives us air to breathe; Fire gives us warmth; Water quenches our thirst;
Our languages, our sacred stories, our kinship systems, our communities
All of these things nourish us, they all give us life.
Thank you, Sol, for this new poem to acknowledge the day, and thank you, Karlee for allowing us to use your beautiful image that captures the four-ways, and their connectedness!

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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