Woodland Cree

Quotes from Elders

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

Freda Ahenakew (Muskeg Lake)
“Knowing your language gives you an inner strength and pride in your heritage.”
"ki-ká-nihta-níhithawihínin ki-ká-sohki-tíhiyan mina ká-kístíthimotín 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-mámitonithitamak pohko óma kakithaw níhitha-itiniwak ki-ciwasiminiwak ohci ta-mitho-pathicik íkwa mina ta-kiskinahamawakicik o-píkiskwiwináwáw."

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 withawáw ta-kí-kiskinahamawacik oskahísimówawa o-níhithawíwinawáw,
o-táwisíhcikíwináwáw ikwa mina o-níhithawátisi-mámitonithimowíwináwáw."

Edward Okanee (Thunderchild)
“The treaties must not be forgotten. We must remind our children of this.”
"oki asotamákowihona namowihkac tá-kí-waníkiskisíyak. ki-cawasimisiniwak pohko tá-kiskisimowakícik."

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 kahkithaw kikway ni-kí-kistiyitamak... ikwa óma anohc namowitha íkosi itócikatwíw, íkoci óma
íyakohk ísa 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 íyako ka-mithowatámak, ta-wicihitowak íkosi isi wítisánítiwin ka-mithowátakahk."

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-ohsíhikowak, ka-sákihitowak mina ta-kistíhimitowak.
ki-kí-mithikowisiwinaw pá-pitos-píkiskwíwina 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-kiskithitítan óma, namotha kinwís maka acithowís poko óma óta ka-hayayak wasitam askihk, íkwa ka-
kakwí miskítan kiskíthihtamowin, itinísiwin , kistíthitowin, mina nánisitotatowin kakitha ayisiniwak, íkosi óma
kakitha 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.”
"nitha namwawika ni-ka-ohci- pakitinín ni-níhithawascikiwin! oki oskiyak withawáw ni-kostamowawak. kíhtí-yawa ta-kí-ati-mamisí-pakosíthimowacik."

Cree Proverb
Love one another and help one another.”
“Love one another and help one another.”

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-píkiskwíyák ta-kí kistíthimitomowak mina ta-kí-tapwíyak, íyako áyamíwin mitoni mamáhtáwisíh cikíwin óma ki-mámawóhtawímawánaw ká-kí-mitho-mithikowak, ka-tahkaki-píkiskwatówák íkwa mina ka-mitho-aniskowinimak pimatisiwiwina."