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November 2011

November 29, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
My relative.

Ni wahkohmakan.

Greater idea associated with the nehiyaw phrase is wahkohtowin or kinship.


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November 28, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
I speak Cree.
Ni nehiyawan.

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November 23, 2011

Oskayak Grade 12 Sweat Tomorrow

  • By Carys Gilbertson
Cabs have been ordered for 11:45a.m. to take us to Red Willow and will return to school by 3:00 p.m. If you can bring a towel and suitable clothing for the sweat that would be appreciated. Otherwise nightgowns/shorts and towels will be provided ( see Carys ) Lunch will be served to the Grade 12's early before leaving for the sweat. Come and participate in a ceremony with your peers. Participation is not optional it is an expectation.
Look forward to seeing you there!

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Location:Red Willow

November 22, 2011

Volleyball Match Tuesday @ noon November 29th, 2011

  • By Carys Gilbertson
Oskayak Girls Volleyball team takes on the the Oskayak Staff. Please come out and demonstrate school spirit!!! Cheer girls and staff on.


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Location:Oskayak Gym

November 22, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
E atoske yan.
I am working.

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November 21, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Nisto tipahikan oma.
It is 3 o clock.
Tipahikan refers to something that measures. In this case, the pisimokan or the clock measures or keeps time. Time as you know is a human construct in a physical world. There is no such thing as time in a spiritual world.


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November 18, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Brrrrrrrrrrr. Takayaw. It is cold.
Pipon. It is winter.

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November 17, 2011

Cree Phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Tanisi isi wepan?
What is the weather?
mispon.
It is snowing.

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November 17, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Nehiyaw oma niya.
I am a Cree person.
It really means I am an exact speaking person.

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November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Tanisi kitamacihon?
How are you feeling?

Nimiyomacihon.
I am feeling good.


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November 14, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Kikwaya e totaman?
What are you doing?

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November 12, 2011

Cree supplement of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Eha, ni nehiyawan.
Yes, I speak Cree.


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November 12, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Ki nehiyawan ci?
Do you speak cree?

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November 10, 2011

Cree supplement of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Faith/commitment
In the nehiyaw language, we say "tapowakeyitamowin"

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November 10, 2011

tapowakeyitamowin - faith/committment

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho

Tanisi kiya? How are you? I am good.

    I had a chance to go to a culture symposium yesterday at The Saskatoon Inn. It was attended by oskayak (young people) from different schools in the city. The majority of these students were nehiyawak (Cree people) with some anishnabek (Ojibway people), pwasimowak (Nakoda/Dakota people), and cipowaniwak (Dene people). There was a panel discussion in the morning just before lunch time. Four young nehiyawak spoke to the throng of people. These four ayisiniwak (people) spoke about what they work on and the passion associated with that work. It was incredible. One person spoke about community development. Another person spoke on the military. Yet another person spoke on environmental issues and the last one spoke on coaching young people. I think they did a wonderful job in sharing their ideas about the work they do. After they spoke, people were allowed to ask them questions. I got up to the microphone eventually and I asked for their thoughts on "tapowakeyitamowin" (faith and committment). The reason why I asked this question was because I work with oskayak at Oskayak High School and many oskayak falter in their education journey when it comes to committment and faith in themselves. For instance, I coached a soccer team. There was a core group of youth that came to every practice and participated in "friendlys" and a tournament to prepare for Region playoffs. There was a fringe group though who liked soccer and liked to play but they weren't committed to the team and what the team was preparing for because other things were more important. As a result, when we needed the team to show up to play, some of the members who weren't as committed didn't show and thusly, as a team, we were weaker without the rest of the team. It made it harder for those that were committed to play their best. It's hard when you take seven players to a 7 v 7 soccer playoff and you have no extra players (subs). Anyway, the panelists spoke on "tapowakeyitamowin" and I am glad they succinctly shared their ideas about it. Committment is something that some of our oskayak know about but more oskayak need to practice it more and have faith in themselves. Committment and faith is neccesary in all things, and not just in sports. hiy hiy. Thank you!

November 10, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Cree verb/command - work! In Cree, we say.."atoske".

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Location:22nd St E,Saskatoon,Canada

November 8, 2011

Transmission of cultural knowledge

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho

tanisi niwakomakan. Hello my Relative. tanisi kiya? How are you?

    I wanted to take some time today to write about the transmission of cultural knowledge. Lately, I have come to the point in my life to actively seek out cultural knowledge. I do have mentors that I go to for this knowledge. The asking for transmission of knowledge using cultural protocols from learner to teacher is called "nacanehikewin" (nah chah neh hih keh win). I have been an "oskapewis" ( ohs kah pay wis) or helper for more than 10 years. I have learned a lot in that time but I am still learning. I was once told by an elder that you never stop learning. Anyway, when a person is ready to listen and to learn and seek out this knowledge, he or she seeks it out from an knowledge keeper who has the knowledge. Some people ask, "well, how do you know who to approach for this knowledge?" I would tell you that you seek it from a person who you have worked with for a while and you know their behavior. Are they respectful? Are they humble? What kinds of standards do they hold when it comes to ceremony? Are they clean? Are they orderly? Are they joyful? Are they open to relationships involving the learning of knowledge and the transmission of knowledge? You would know in your heart after working with someone, whether or not you want to learn from that person. It comes down to choice as well. Choose wisely. Follow your heart. If you really want to learn, then a teacher/mentor will eventually appear to teach you. Have a great day. miyo kisikanisi.

November 8, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Miyo kisikanisi.
Have a good day!

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Location:22nd St E,Saskatoon,Canada

November 4, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Tanisi kisihkason?
What is you name?
------------- nisihkason.
My name is -------------.

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November 3, 2011

Block 2 Starts next week

  • By Carys Gilbertson

Just a reminder that Block 2 starts next week. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 9:30 a.m. Come in, meet with administration, choose classes tomorrow or Monday and beat the line ups. Many new classes and programs being offered at Oskayak High School.
If you did not experience success in the first Block that does not mean you should not give it another try!!! Make your education a priority. Learning 4 life, success 4 all !!!



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November 3, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Tante e toteyan?
Where are you going.

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November 3, 2011

Cree phrase of the day

  • By Delvin Kanewiyakiho
Tantahto tipahikan oma?


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