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7 Cree Cultural Teachings

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7 Cultural Cree Teachings

1. Respect – kistêyihtamowin – ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ

At their core our matches are based on mutual respect between mentor and mentee.

2. Protocol: age appropriate conduct  –  ka-ispitisihk isîhcikêwin – ᑲ ᐃᐢᐱᑎᓯᕁ  ᐃᓰᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ

Mentors are engaging with young, sometimes very young, mentees and therefore a young spirit is required.

3.  Humility – tapahtêyimisowin – ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓱᐃᐧᐣ

Being matched can teach you many things. Just remember that you can learn as much from your mentee as they can learn from you.

4. Sharing and Generosity – nikwatisiwin êkwa mâtinamâkêwin – ᓂᑲᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᒫᑎᓇᒫᑫᐃᐧᐣ

The best gift is when you share your heart. Give the gift of time with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

5. Faith – tâpokêyihtamowin – ᑖᐳᑫᔨᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ

Have faith in your match. Your mentee won't always be perfect but this is part of the process of getting to know each other. BBBS is with you every stepe of the way. We want you to succeed and make a difference!

6. Kindness – kisêwâtisiwin – ᑭᓭᐋᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ

Kindness makes a difference. Your kindness changes your mentee's life!

7. Passing on teachings – âniskô-kiskinwahamâkêwin – ᐋᓂᐢᑰ ᑭᐢᑭᓇᐧᐦᐊᒫᑫᐃᐧᐣ

Your history has made you stronger! You're a real person with real experience. We need you to pass on your teachings to the next generation.

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