Pîtāpan’s Cree 7 Direction Prayer Translated by Daniel Pitman 2020

CreatorNiiya kishchii itaytamihk por la viiwiichihin niiya; biniiwahwow niiyani lamoor kiiya

Mamma la tayrniiya kishchii itaytamihk por kaykwayni wiihtamow wi kahkiiyow aen nafayrsni lamoor kiiya


Noohkooms, mooshooms di li det l’estniiya kishchii itaytamihk por aen namoo wiiya a la zhoorniini ka aen atooshkayhk mashkawowni lamoor kiiya kahkiiyow

Noohkooms, mooshooms di li det sudniiya kishchii itaytamihk por la michinnni ka wiichihin niiya ikooni lamoor kiiya kahkiiyow


Noohkooms, mooshooms di li det oowestniiya kishchii itaytamihk por di looni ka oohpina zanfan miyooayowni lamoor kiiya kahkiiyow

Noohkooms, mooshooms di li det li norrniiya kishchii itaytamihk por li vannni ka wiihta si boon nihtaa-aachimowni lamoor kiiya kahkiiyow

Nipawaakan di wiiya ikooniiya kishchii itaytamihk por ta lamoorni lamoor kiiyani lamoor niiya ikoo

Pîtāpan’s Cree 7 Direction Prayer By Darlene P. Auger – 2016 and translated to Michif by Daniel Pitman 2020


Cree SRO Physical Stance English
1
st Direction: Centre
Hāw Nohtāwiy Standing; Arms reaching up Oh Creator
Kinanāskomitin Nipimātisiwin I’m grateful for Life
Wîcihin; Saweyimin Help me; Bless Me
Kisākihitin Hands crossed over heart I love you
2
nd Direction: Centre
Hāw Nikāwiy Sitting; on one knee; bent over; hands on ground Oh Mother Earth
Kinanāskomitin Epimācihiyin I’m grateful for sustenance
Kahkîyaw kekway Niwāhkohten I am related to all things
Kisākihitin Hands crossed over heart I love you
3
rd Direction: East
Hāw Nôhkomak, Nimosômak Wāpanohk Standing; Arms reaching up Oh Grandmothers, Grandfathers of the East
Kinanāskomitināwāw Kotak Kîsikāw Left leg and both arms stretched forward I’m grateful for another day
Nitāhkameyimon nitatoskewin Right Leg back; Palms up; Hands rested by waist I will work hard
Kisākihitināwāw Standing centered; Hands crossed over heart I love you all
4
th Direction: South
Hāw Nôhkomak, Nimosômak Apihtâkisikanohk Standing; Arms reaching up Oh Grandmothers, Grandfathers of the South
Kinanāskomitināwāw Maskihkîya Left leg and both arms stretched forward I’m grateful for medicines
Nika miyo wîcîhison Right Leg back; Palms up; Hands rested by waist I will help myself
Kisākihitināwāw Standing centered; Hands crossed over heart I love you all
5
th Direction: West
Hāw Nôhkomak, Nimosômak Pahk’simotâhk Standing; Arms reaching up Oh Grandmothers, Grandfathers of the West
Kinanāskomitināwāw Nipiy Left leg and both arms stretched forward I’m grateful for water
Nika miyo ohpikihāwason Right Leg back; Palms up; Hands rested by waist I will raise children well
Kisākihitināwāw Standing centered; Hands crossed over heart I love you all
6
th Direction: North
Hāw Nôhkomak, Nimosômak Kewetinohk Standing; Arms reaching up Oh Grandmothers, Grandfathers of the North
Kinanāskomitināwāw Eyotin Left leg and both arms stretched forward I’m grateful for Wind (breath)
Nika miyo acimon Right Leg back; Palms up; Hands rested by waist I will tell good stories
Kisākihitināwāw Standing centered; Hands crossed over heart I love you all
7
th Direction: Centre
Hāw Nitahcāhk Standing; Head down; hands cupped under bellybutton Oh Spirit of Self
Kinanāskomitin esākihiyin I’m grateful for your love
Kisākîhitin Hands crossed over heart I love you
Nisākîhison Arms around self – Big Hug! I love myself

  • The End –

Vote for Daniel Pitman

VOTE FOR DANIEL PITMAN

“Working to build solutions through   

Communication, Connection and Collaboration.”

Tansi kiya’wow, Daniel Pitman dishinikashoon. (Hello to all Daniel Pitman is my name). I am six generation Red River Métis. I have lived in the Okanagan for 60 years. I was President of the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association from 2006 to 2012. I became a MNBC Board of Director and Minister for Children and Family in 2012 to present. I have over 35 years’ education and work experience in Social Services and Counselling. I firmly believe in family values as they relate to culture, tradition and character. I believe Métis culture and pride are vital to our children as they are the most valuable asset we have for now and the future. I believe in ensuring our MNBC Governance allows for communication, connection and collaboration to build strong Métis Communities. I believe in working relationships between Métis Communities and the First Nation Bands in Region 3 to build strength through networking and event sharing to promote our Indigenous Pride. I believe in supporting our Veterans, Elders, Women and Youth to ensure their rights are adhered to, stimulate health services, build education financial assistance and recognize their contributions to our Nation. We need to support our youth with their education and provide financial support for their post-secondary education without limitations. We also need to ensure we support Metis Early Learning so families have a head start to their education and Childcare so mothers and fathers can have their children cared for while they are working to earn a living. In June of 2018 MNBC and MCFD signed a letter of commitment to start the jurisdiction transfer of children and youth in care back to the Metis Nation and this work needs to continue to completion. Maarsii poor tii tashi (thank you for your time). I am running for Region 3 Director in the MNBC Provincial Election.

What I have achieved in representing the Metis Nation British Columbia to date:

2006-2012:

  • President of the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association
    • Wrote and had approved 5 ACT Now Project Proposals
    • Wrote and had approved 3 Louis Riel Event Proposals
    • Wrote and had approved 5 Aboriginal Day Event Proposals
    • Wrote and had approved proposals for participation in the Peachfest Cultural Village
    • Participated in the MNBC Adoption Resolution Committee that enhanced the MNBC Citizenship Registry to include many previously unrecognized Métis Citizens.
    • Participated in the MNBC Legislative Standing Committee and MNBC Interpretation Act Committee
    •  Participated on the Okanagan Skaha Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
    • Presented a Sash Ceremony to Metis Graduates each year.
    • Actively engaged with the Métis Community Services Society of BC and the Métis Commission to ensure our Métis Children and Youth in care had proactive representation during Adoption hearings.

2012-2016:

  • Region Director
    • 2012-2013
      • Appointment as Minister for Culture, Heritage and Language
      • Appointment as Minister for Children and Family
      • Developed Website, Blog, Linkedin Connection and Facebook Site for Region 3 Thompson Okanagan
      • Held 4 Regional Governance Council Meetings
      • Attended 6 Region 3 Chartered Community AGM’S
      • Held a Regional Information Session in Kamloops BC
    • 2013-2014
      • Assisted in the signing of Louis Riel Day Proclamation in Penticton BC
      • Contributed to the development of the MNBC Strategic Plan
      • Contributed to the revisal of the Metis Nation Relationship Accord
      • Chaired the structuring of a new Chartered Community for Ashcroft BC
      • Assisted in the creation of a new Metis Society in Merritt BC
      • Held 3 Regional Governance Council Meetings
      • Assisted in the signing of Louis Riel Day Proclamations in Region 3
      • Attended 6 Region 3 Chartered Community AGM’S
      • Held a Regional Information Session in Vernon BC
    • 2014-2015
      • Held two Regional Governance Council Meetings
      • Held a Regional Information Session in Kelowna BC
      • Assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Merritt BC, the Nicola Valley and District Metis Association formally accepted at the 2015 MNGA
    • 2015-2016
      • Appointment to Governance Committee
    • 2016-2017
      • Appointment as Chair to the Governance Committee
    • 2017-2018
      • Assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Princeton BC, the Vermillion Forks Metis Association formally accepted by the MNGA in 2018.
  • MNBC Minister for Children and Family
    • 2012-2013
      • Signed MOU with Representative for Children and Youth October 2013
    • 2013-2014
      • Signed LOU with Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council March 2014
    • 2014-2015
      • Signed MOU with Lii Michif Otipemisiwak January 2015
    • 2015-2016
      • Signed MOU with Adoptive Families Association of BC February 2016
    • 2017-2018
      • Signed MOU with the Federation of Community Social Services BC
    • 2018-2019
      • Signed Letter of Commitment with MCFD to begin Jurisdiction of Metis Children and Youth in Care
    • 2019-2020
      • Signed new Letter of Commitment with the Representative for Children and Youth BC
  • MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer
    • 2012-2020
      • The debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately $2,000,000

VOTE for Daniel Pitman Region 3 Director

The picture depicts the start of where we are today as a Nation protecting our children and youth in care. In March 2013 we (MNBC, Metis Commission and the 5 Program and Service Delivery Agencies) came to convene and start building on a broken relationship. Cole McGillvary was my Director at the time. In 2018 as Minister along with Jason Simmonds as my Director we approached NDP Minister Katrine Conroy to begin the negotiation to start the jurisdictional transition of our children and youth in care to MNBC and our chartered communities. In 2020 Director Judy Smith and I continue to evolve the transition process by forming the Metis Nation Child and Family Society. Thank you to the hard work Cole, Jason and Judy have done to protect the rights of our children and youth in care

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Vote for Daniel Pitman Region 3 Director

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I  was asked to sit on the delegates forum ZOOM Town Hall Meeting Friday August 7, 2020. For those that missed the meeting I am providing you with the questions asked of each Region Director Candidate. Below are the questions and the responses I provided. There was not enough time to ask all the questions in the template but I am giving them to you as given to me.

QUESTION:

PRESENT BIO AND PLATFORM:

RESPONSE:

Tansi kiya’wow, Daniel Pitman dishinikashoon, miyooakishkatoohk and Maarsii pour toon ton. I am six generation Red River Métis. My pedigree last name is Hodgson. I have lived in the Okanagan Valley for 65 years. I sat on the Kelowna Métis Association as a Board Member 1997-1998, I was President of SOSMA from 2006 to 2012. I became a MNBC Board of Director in 2012 to present. I have been the Treasurer for 8 years and MNBC Minister for Children and Family for 8 years. I have over 35 years’ education and work experience in Social Services and Counselling. I received my Post-Secondary Education OUC/UBC, Douglas College, and Langara College. I am a Certified Instructor Master Level Crisis Prevention Institute of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. I have been a Member of Canadian Alliance of Life Skills Coaches and Associations 22 years

I firmly believe in family values as they relate to culture, tradition and character. I believe Métis culture and pride are vital to our children as they are the most valuable asset we have for now and the future. I believe in ensuring our MNBC Governance allows for communication, connection and collaboration to build strong Métis Communities. I believe in working relationships between Métis Communities to build strength through networking and event sharing to promote Métis Pride. I believe in supporting our Veterans, Elders, Women and Youth to ensure their rights are adhered to, stimulate health services, build education financial assistance and recognize their contributions to our Nation. I believe we need to focus on self-governance to truly identify ourselves as a Government and build relationships on a government to government and nation to nation basis. Our Self-governance will also allow us to have our Section 35 Rights adhered to by not only the federal government but also by the provincial government which at this time is not fully honoring Metis as a unique indigenous entity of Canada. In June of 2018 MNBC and MCFD signed a letter of commitment to start the jurisdiction transfer of children and youth in care back to the Metis Nation and this work needs to continue to completion. We need to support our seniors with Health Care to ensure they kept well. We need to build strong economic development and support Metis businesses and Metis entrepreneurs. We need to support our youth with their education and provide financial support for their post-secondary education without limitations. We also need to ensure we support Metis Early Learning so families have a head start to their education and Childcare so mothers and fathers can have their children cared for while they are working to earn a living. In conclusion, we have come a long ways in BC as a Metis Nation and as an elected Board of Director my focus will also be engaging the Region 3 Governance Council Presidents on all matters pertaining to their individual communities and their identified needs.

QUESTION:

  1. Region 3 most important issues

RESPONSES:

  1. Help communities be visible and financially supported.
    1. How, by focusing on our Self-Government negotiations with the Federal Government to ensure we can open an office in each community and to offer financial support to their Board of Directors.
  2. Help with securing our Section 35 Rights
    1. How, to focus on the negotiations that our lawyer Tom Isaac is doing for our Self-Governance Agreement and therefore, help seniors and low income families with Healthcare, build early learning centers, provide child care resources, economic development for our Metis businesses, and full financial support for students going into Post-Secondary Education. Open community offices to increase our Citizenship Registry.
  3. Help our unhealthy families that are not safe and secure.
    1. How, continuing the work we started with MCFD to complete the jurisdiction transition of children and youth in care back to their communities. Provide a focus on Child Protection Prevention to build a strong support system for families at risk.

QUESTION:

  1. How do I see myself in the role of Community Support?

RESPONSES:

  1. As the current Region 3 Director I see my role as helping communities with their governance, understanding the role between MNBC and the Chartered Community.
  2. Assisting communities in identifying cultural resources i.e. artists, musicians, jiggers and knowledge keepers (Elders).
  3. Every community has strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. As the Region Director I must continue to get to know each and every community individually to listen to their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.

Question:

What positions have I held?

RESPONSE:

  • Board of Director Kelowna Metis Association 1998-99
  • President of South Okanagan and Similkameen Metis Association 2006-12
  • Region Director for Thompson Okanagan 2012-Present
  • MNBC Minister for Children and Family 2012-Present
  • MNBC Treasurer 2012-Present

QUESTION:

What have I done to personally assist Presidents /Communities in Region 3?

  • In 2014-15 I assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Merritt BC, the Nicola Valley and District Metis Association formerly accepted at the 2015 MNGA.
  • In 2017-18 I assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Princeton BC, the Vermillion Forks Metis Association formally accepted by the MNGA in 2018.
  • Earlier this year I chaired a Special General Meeting in Kamloops to help resolve a Board of Directors complaint.
  • In the last 8 years I have attended many Region 3 Community AGM’s and chaired many of them.
  • I ensured I connected with my communities weekly during the most difficult months of the COVID Virus ensuring their needs were being met by MNBC.
  • I am currently helping SOSMA restructure their Board of Directors leadership.

QUESTION:

How will I connect with them?

RESPONSE:

  • I have developed a respectful relationship with each of our 8 Community Presidents. I am a good listener and will be open to the needs, concerns and preferences of each community as identified by their leadership through face to face meetings, teleconference call and of course HOLD REGIONAL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL MEETINGS AS OUTLINED IN THE MNGA ACT.

Question:

Our strength is in our numbers many Metis are not registered. How/what can be done to help with the citizenship registry?

RESPONSES:

  • We need to have visibility in each community by having an open office for people to come and register. To find out about community cultural events and activities. To be a resource center on matters of health, education, employment, business development and family support.
  • We need to continue to work in partnership with Federal and Provincial Governments to secure financial support for Economic Development, Childcare, Family Support Programs, Education, Health Benefits, Metis Business Financial Support, Justice Support for Women in Need and for our youth at risk.
  • We need to somehow shorten the Community Acceptance process. Sometimes the process is no long people give up. In Region 3 we have not had that issue but it has come up many times at a MNGA or AGM.

CLOSING REMARKS:

  • From 2008-2010 I personally participated in the MNBC Adoption Resolution Committee that enhanced the MNBC Citizenship Registry to include many previously unrecognized Métis Citizens.
  • I have organized and held regular Regional Governance Council meetings.
  • Signed MOU with Representative for Children and Youth October 2013
  • Signed MOU with Lii Michif Otipemisiwak January 2015
  • Signed MOU with Adoptive Families Association of BC February 2016
  • Signed MOU with the Federation of Community Social Services BC 2017
  • Signed Letter of Commitment with MCFD to begin Jurisdiction of Metis Children and Youth in Care June 2018
  • Signed new Letter of Commitment with the Representative for Children and Youth BC June 2020
  • As MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer 2012-2020 the long term debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the long term debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately just over $2,000,000

Re-elect Daniel Pitman for Region 3 Director

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“Working to build solutions through Communication, Connection and Collaboration.”

My name is Daniel Pitman and I am six generation Red River Métis. I firmly believe in family values as they relate to culture, tradition and character. I believe Métis culture and pride are vital to our children as they are the most valuable asset we have for now and the future. I believe in ensuring our MNBC Governance allows for communication, connection and collaboration to build strong Métis Communities. I believe in working relationships between Métis Communities to build strength through networking and event sharing to promote Métis Pride. I believe in supporting our Veterans, Elders, Women and Youth to ensure their rights are adhered to, stimulate health services, build education financial assistance and recognize their contributions to our Nation.

What I have achieved in representing the Metis Nation British Columbia to date:

  • 2006-2012: 
    • President of the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association
      • Wrote and had approved 5 ACT Now Project Proposals
      • Wrote and had approved 3 Louis Riel Event Proposals
      • Wrote and had approved 5 Aboriginal Day Event Proposals
      • Wrote and had approved proposals for participation in the Peachfest Cultural Village
      • Participated in the MNBC Adoption Resolution Committee that enhanced the MNBC Citizenship Registry to include many previously unrecognized Métis Citizens.
      • Participated in the MNBC Legislative Standing Committee and MNBC Interpretation Act Committee
      • Participated on the Okanagan Skaha Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
      • Presented a Sash Ceremony to Metis Graduates each year.
      • Actively engaged with the Métis Community Services Society of BC and the Métis Commission to ensure our Métis Children and Youth in care had proactive representation during Adoption hearings.

     

  • 2012-2020
    • Region Director
      • 2012-2013
        • Appointment as Minister for Culture, Heritage and Language
        • Appointment as Minister for Children and Family
        • Developed Website, Blog, Linkedin Connection and Facebook Site for Region 3 Thompson Okanagan
        • Held 4 Regional Governance Council Meetings
        • Attended 6 Region 3 Chartered Community AGM’S
        • Held a Regional Information Session in Kamloops BC
      • 2013-2014
        • Assisted in the signing of Louis Riel Day Proclamation in Penticton BC
        • Contributed to the development of the MNBC Strategic Plan
        • Contributed to the revisal of the Metis Nation Relationship Accord
        • Chaired the structuring of a new Chartered Community for Ashcroft BC
        • Assisted in the creation of a new Metis Society in Merritt BC
        • Held 3 Regional Governance Council Meetings
        • Assisted in the signing of Louis Riel Day Proclamations in Region 3
        • Attended 6 Region 3 Chartered Community AGM’S
        • Held a Regional Information Session in Vernon BC
      • 2014-2015
        • Held two Regional Governance Council Meetings
        • Held a Regional Information Session in Kelowna BC
        • Assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Merritt BC, the Nicola Valley and District Metis Association formally accepted at the 2015 MNGA
      • 2015-2016
        • Appointment to Governance Committee
      • 2016-2017
        • Appointment as Chair to the Governance Committee
      • 2017-2018
        • Assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Princeton BC, the Vermillion Forks Metis Association formally accepted at the 2018 MNGA

     

    • MNBC Minister for Children and Family
      • 2012-2013
        • Signed MOU with Representative for Children and Youth October 2013
      • 2013-2014
        • Signed LOU with Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council March 2014
      • 2014-2015
        • Signed MOU with Lii Michif Otipemisiwak January 2015
      • 2015-2016
        • Signed MOU with Adoptive Families Association of BC February 2016
      • 2017-2018
        • Signed MOU with the Federation of Community Social Services BC
      • 2018-2019
        • Signed Letter of Commitment with MCFD to begin Jurisdiction of Metis Children and Youth in Care
      • 2019-2020
        • Signed new Letter of Commitment with the Representative for Children and Youth BC
      • MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer
        • 2012-2020
          • The debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately $2,000,000
        • Other Relevant Achievements:
          • Kelowna Métis Association Community Board Member 1997-1998
          • Over 35 years’ education and work experience in Social Services and Counselling
          • Post-Secondary Education OUC/UBC, Douglas College, Langara College
          • Certified Instructor Master Level Crisis Prevention Institute of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
          • Member of Canadian Alliance of Life Skills Coaches and Associations 22 years 
          • Favorite Quotes:

            “There are no problems, only solutions.” John Lennon

            “People say with pride, I’m not interested in politics” They might just as well say, I am not interested in my standard of living, my job, my health, my rights, my freedom, my future or any future!” Martha Gillhorn

            Web: https://tometis.com/

            Email: michif123@gmail.com

            Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/#!/ThompsonOkanaganMetis

             

             

             

             

            MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer

            • 2012-2020
              • The debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately $2,000,000
      • MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer
        • 2012-2020
          • The debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately $2,000,000
      • MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer
        • 2012-2020
          • The debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately $2,000,000

     

Re-elect Daniel Pitman

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My main focus as Region Director and Minister for Children and Family for the last 8 years, has been that I fully believe that families represent the hub of a Red River Cart. Every spoke that stems from the hub voice areas of concern for Metis people i.e. Section 35 Rights, Health, Education, Employment, Economic Development, Early Learning, Childcare etc. Until we solidify our inherent rights in the Province of BC we will not get the recognition and respect we deserve. I will continue as I always have to ensure we get our voices heard.
Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yawn
(Proud to be Métis)
Re-elect Daniel Pitman for Region 3 Director

MNBC 2020 ELECTION

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VOTE FOR DANIEL PITMAN

AS THE CURRENT REGION 3 DIRECTOR FOR THOMPSON-OKANAGAN I BRING

EXPERIENCE

KNOWLEDGE

COMMITMENT

2012-2020

REGION 3 DIRECTOR THOMPSON OKANAGAN

MNBC TREASURER

MNBC MINISTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY

2006-2012

PRESIDENT OF SOUTH OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN METIS ASSOCIATION

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PLANH Grant Deadline Extension

PlanH Community Connectedness and Healthy Community Engagement Grants

Deadline: Extended to July 15, 2020

PlanH is offering $5,000 for community connectedness and up to $15,000 for healthy community engagement initiatives. The Community Connectedness Grant (formerly Social Connectedness) parameters have been revised in response to COVID-19, and now prioritize community belonging, mental health, and community resiliency.

https://planh.ca/training-support-planh-funding/2020-healthy-community-engagement-grants