Arden Ogg, Director & Chair
B.Mus, M.A. University of Manitoba
Arden believes one of the luckiest days of her life was the day she “met Cree” in the Intro Linguistics class of H.C. Wolfart at the University of Manitoba in 1979. After incorporating a brief study of the powwow into her music degree, she was invited in 1983 to join Wolfart’s SSHRCC-funded Cree Language Project, where Freda Ahenakew was then an M.A. student.
Through the generous guidance of Wolfart and Ahenakew, she grew into the role of technical assistant, editorial partner and typographer, and was infected with the deep passion and mutual respect of the editorial team and their shared commitment to the Cree language. Her 1992 M.A. thesis focused on Plains Cree particles. By creating and supporting this Network of people and resources, she strives to repay an enormous debt of gratitude.
In addition to Cree language advocacy, Arden also served from 2010-2013 on the National Executive Council of the Editors’ Association of Canada as the Regional Representative for Western Canada. Through the EAC, she promotes training and professional development opportunities for Aboriginal editors.