Swampy Cree

Quotes from Elders

Freda Ahenakew (Muskeg Lake)
"If you want to learn your language you need to use it!!!"
"kispin ki-nohté néhinawanáwáw, ta-néhinawiyék pohko!!!"

Freda Ahenakew (Muskeg Lake)
“Knowing your language gives you an inner strength and pride in your heritage.”
"ki-ká-nihta-néhinawéhinin ki-ká-sohki-téhiyan mina ká-kísténimotín ki-t-aniskomakíwin."

Smith Atimoyoo (Little Pine)
“We have to put our minds together as Indian people for the good of our youngsters and teach our children their mother tongue.”
"ta-mámawi-mámitoninitamak pohko óma kakinaw néhina-ininiwak ki-ciwasiminiwak ohci ta-mino-panécik ékwa mina ta-kiskinahamawakécik o-píkiskwéwináwáw."

Helen Fineday (Sweetgrass)
“The parents are the ones who should teach the young about the language, the culture and the traditional worldview.”
"o-níkihikomáwiniwak oki winawáw ta-kí-kiskinahamawacik oskahisimowawa o-néhinawéwináwáw,
o-táwisíhcikéwináwáw ékwa mina o-néhinawátisi-mámitoninimowiwináwáw."

Edward Okanee (Thunderchild)
“The treaties must not be forgotten. We must remind our children of this.”
"oki asotamákowihona namona-wihkac tá-kí-wanikéskisíyak. ki-cawasimisiniwak pohko-maci tá- kiskisi owakicik."

Isiah Bear (Muskoday)
“In the old days we used to respect everything… This isn’t done today, that’s why we are lost.”
"kíyatí-mana kahkinaw kikway ni-kí-kistéyéhtamak... ékwa óma anohc namowina ékosi itócikatwéw, ékohci
óma énakohk ésa ká-wanisiniyak."

Vital Daniels (Sturgeon Lake)
“Family is what keeps us happy! Being together, helping one another out is what family is all about.”
"óma óta ka-mámawítisáníhitowak éyako ka-minowatamak, ta-wicihitowak ékosi isi wítisánitiwin ka-minowátakahk."

John Mosquito (Nekaneet)
“Our Creator put us here on earth. He gave us different languages to use. He put us here to love and respect each other.”
"óta askihk ki-mámawohtáwimáw ka-kí-ohséhikowak, ka-sákihitowak mina ta-kistéhimétowak.
ki-kí-minikowisiwénaw pá-pitos-píkiskwéwina ta-áyamihitowak."

Cree Proverb
“Realize that we as human beings have been put on this earth for only a short time and that we must use this time
to gain wisdom, knowledge, respect and the understanding for all human beings since we are all relatives.”
"ka-kí-kiskinétítan óma, namona kinwís maka acinowés pohko óma óta ka-hayayak wasétam askihk, ékwa ka-kakwé miskétan kiskénihtamowin, ininísiwin , kistínitowin, mina nánisitotatowin kakina ayisiniwak, ékosi óma kakina ka-wakotowak."

Edward Fox (Sweetgrass)
“I will never let my culture go! I fear for our young people. I hope they have enough sense to seek spiritual guidance
from the elders.”
"nina namwawika ni-ka-ohci- pakitiní
n ni-néhinawascikiwin! oki oskiyak winawáw ni-kostamowawak. kéhté- yawa ta-kí-ná-mamisí-pakosénimowacik."

Cree Proverb
Love one another and help one another.”
"sákihitók mina wicíhitók."

Cree Proverb
“Be truthful and respectful in our speech, which in itself is a miracle and a gift from the Creator, that we might use it only to speak good of each other and pass on the good things of life.”
"óma ka-píkiskwéyák ta-kí kisténiméhtomowak mina ta-kí-tapwéyak, éyako áyamihéwin mitoni mamáhtáwisíhcikéwin óma ki-mámawóhtawímawánaw ká-kí-mino-minikowak, ka-tahkaki-píkiskwatówák ékwa mina ka-mino-aniskowinimak pimatisiwiwina."

 
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre