Our Name

oski-pimohtahtamwak otayisīniwiwaw (Nehiyawak)
oski pima ci-owat ici ki-kay-dam-o-win-ing (Nakawē)
wana oicimani tecawosdodyē uncumpi (Dakota)
they are into their new journey to knowledge (English)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Here for You

Bert Fox Koops’ Family

Hey Guys,

It is Sunday evening, and I am sitting here thinking about you.  You have impacted so many lives, that it’s very difficult to grasp the impact that you have actually had here.  For a small group of young men and women from Reserves around Fort Qu’Appelle, you rocked this place.  There is no hiding where you come from, your background, your stories, your reality.  You came here with open minds and hearts, but what you brought to the table was something no one could have planned or predicted.

As a team, you were given a fairly comfortable schedule, which included, classroom visits, Blanket Exercises, and Treaty Walks.  The classroom visits were good, but the Blanket Exercises were amazing, beyond any expectation anyone had.   You did eight, you had to double up on three of the days.  How amazing is that!  The impact from those sessions was very telling in the responses of the participants and people passing by.

I wanted you guys to be here more than you will ever know.  Our country is hurting, our world is hurting, and we need young people like you to lead us in a direction of healing.  There were a few of you with voices when you arrived, but when you left here, each and every one of you had a voice.  I believe in each and every one of you, that now you have been given the opportunity to step up and be a leader in your community and beyond.  You can make a difference, each and every one of you.

I love you, and will always be here for you.

Deb Negraiff

Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018 Education Chair
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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