The students in the Cree Class had some visitors this week. Local traditional hunters came in to visit and share their stories of the goose hunt. Doug Davey, along with Brayden Crawford and Anakin Guanish shared their stories of living in the north, hunting, fishing and camping with their families. They also shared their stories of moving to Timmins and how important it was to them to continue their traditions of learning the Cree Language and harvesting off the land.
Piita Irniq, an Elder of Nunavut came to visit our Cree class. He shared his story of living on the land as a young boy. He was born and raised in an igloo for the first 11 years of his life. He is a survivor of Residential School. He spent most of his life advocating for the Inuit way of life, traditions and language. We had an exchange of language while he was in our class. Students taught him some Cree words and he taught us how to say Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, which means Inuit traditions and way of life. Meegwetch to Lisa Innes for bringing Piita to Ross Beattie to visit the Cree Class.