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.
While driving to Edmonton for the 2010 National Family Literacy Conference, she first envisioned the Cree Literacy Network as a means of formalizing, nurturing, and strengthening the many existing connections among speakers, teachers and students of Cree across the Prairies. The Network was nationally incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2011. Two of its three board members are Cree.
In addition to Cree language advocacy, Arden also served on the National Executive Council of the Editors’ Association of Canada (now Editors Canada) from 2009-2013, promoting training and professional development opportunities for Aboriginal editors, and Aboriginal language awareness.
Founding director of the Cree Literacy Network (2010), dedicated to creating and sharing resources for education about Cree language and cultural issues. The Network was incorporated nationally as a not-for-profit in 2011.
Over 20 years design-and-layout and copy-editing experience in the production of Algonquian Language books (through the Linguistics Department, University of Manitoba), particularly the bilingual Cree/English titles of H.C. Wolfart and Freda Ahenakew.
Twelve years as Managing Editor of Papers of the Algonquian Conference, an annual, multi-author, academic publication including contributions in Ethnohistory, Anthropology, Native Studies, Linguistics and many others disciplines.
Managing Editor, People of the Moose River Basin historic text and map project (2012-), working with with a team of collaborators including members of Moose Cree First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation. This book is a requirement of the Environmental Assessment associated with Ontario Power Generation’s redevelopment of three dams on the Mattagami River. This challenging project involves project management, developmental and stylistic editing. It also includes a mapping project, the goal of which is to restore traditional Cree and Ojibwe place names to geographical locations in the Moose/Mattagami River basin.
- M.A. Linguistics, University of Manitoba
Thesis title: Plains Cree Connective Particles. 1992.
- B.Mus. (History), University of Manitoba. 1982.
Presentations and Advocacy:
- Invited speaker, Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2017, Winnipeg. Restoring Cree Place Names.
- Invited contributor, Winnipeg pre-engagement hearings about Indigenous Languages Act (August 2017)
- Invited panellist: “The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories” (June 2017), University of Alberta, Edmonton: Giving appropriate editorial care to First Nations languages in print.
- Third Annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop, 2016. Hosted by Firelight Group, in partnership with Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, Inlailawatash (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), National Aboriginal Lands Manager Association, Ecotrust Canada, Google Earth Outreach, and ESRI Canada.
- First Nations Healing Workshop. 2015. Organized by Dr David MacKinnon, facilitated by Tyrone Tootoosis. North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
- Second Annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. 2015. Hosted by Chiefs of Ontario, Firelight Group and Google Earth. Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
- University of Manitoba, Cree Institute. 2011. Introductory Cree. (Ken Paupanekis).
- ACI Manitoba. 2011. Effective Marketing: Bringing Arts and Audiences Together; Marketing Boot Camp (Nathalie Kleinschmit).
- Simon Fraser University Summer Publishing Workshops.
2009. Business of Book Publishing (Kevin Williams);
2007. Proofreading & copyediting. (Ruth Wilson);
2007. Book Editing Immersion. (Mary Schendlinger).
- University of Alberta Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI). 2008. Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners. (Dolores Sand).
- Cree Literacy Network Updates. The news update portion of the Cree Literacy Network’s static online presence. http://creeliteracy.org/
- People of the Moose River Basin. Private working blog created for management of this complex writing-and-editorial project.
- Maggie Awards: Manitoba Magazine Publisher’s Association, 2016. Judge for Best Editorial Feature; Best Regular Column or Department.
- Partner/Collaborator: 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages, 2014-. SSHRC-sponsored research project hosted by ALTLab at University of Alberta, with cooperation from Giallatekno and Divvun research/development groups, University of Tromsø, Norway, Miyo Wahkohtowin Education.
- Got Bannock? [Winnipeg homelessness/food security initiative, founded by Althea Guiboche.] Childminder, 2013-2015. Founding Secretary of the Board, 2014.
- Stay and Play [Family Literacy] Program. Win Gardner Centre, Winnipeg, 2013-2014.
- Editors’ Association of Canada: Western Regional Director, 2011-2013; Prairie Provinces Branch Representative to National Executive Council, 2009-2011. Editor/compiler of EAC’s (fully bilingual) 2009 Annual Survey Report.
- Manitoba Editors’ Association: Treasurer, 2009-2010.
- Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba, 2010-2014.
- WordPress, FileMaker, Google My Maps
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Microsoft Office
- Fontographer (syllabic font design)
- Books Produced and other Publications (click here)