Cree Language Keeper Celebrated
On June 4, 2021, students, parents, and community members gathered in Chisasibi to celebrate the 23rd Regional Annie Whiskeychan Day. Students from outside the community were unable to attend the event due to the pandemic.
Many students and employees worked for a week to build a ‘miichiwaahp’ and ‘shaapuhtuwaan’ for the celebration. For some, it was their first time constructing these traditional dwellings.
A Walking Out Ceremony kicked off the day. Tyler Sam, a Secondary 5 student, arrived at the ceremony at 7 a.m. to donate the geese he had harvested during Goose Break. Tyler was one example who symbolized the steps of being an honourable hunter for his community.
Students assisted with food preparation throughout the day. Bannock was made, as well as goose, fish, beaver, and ptarmigan preparation. Students learned how to prepare and cook wild game in a variety of ways. Traditional carving, beading, fiddle dancing, and storytelling were among the other activities.
One of the original signatories of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, Chief Robert Kanatawat, spoke to students and employees about his experiences during the Quebec government's negotiations, highlighting the day.
The cooks and hunters deserve special recognition for making the celebration a fun-filled day full of laughter and delicious food.