UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY : For The Love Of Language

By Xavier Kataquapit www.underthenorthernsky.com Most of the time we take the language we speak for granted. We were brought up speaking one language or another depending on our location in the world and culture. Language in fact has a lot to do with how we see the world, how we think and how we live. I was born and raised on James Bay in the First Nation of Attawapiskat and I grew up in a very traditional family. I learned to follow much of the traditions and culture of the Cree of James Bay and lived often out on the land hunting and gathering like my ancestors did for thousands of years. Happily, I was fortunate to be brought up in my language which is Inineemoon, or Cree as it…

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