Author Archives: Arden Ogg

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.

Neal McLeod and Kegedonce launch Neechie Hustle

“Neechie Hustle takes place largely on the fictitious Broken Elbow First Nation in Saskatchewan. The novel provides a satirical look at the Indian Act and also looks at the emergence of neechie swagger of the late 1960s and 1970s.” Congratulations to … Continue reading

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Wayne Jackson: tipiskâw mêkwac (y-dialect, audio)

Wayne Jackson’s translation of Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night” is hot stuff! I’d say the same about Wayne, but everybody already knows! (Thanks, Wayne, for permission to share!) Note that this is not a direct literal translation: rather, in the … Continue reading

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Tomson Highway at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Friday, October 5th at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, hosted by the Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy Conference. The Art Gallery will be open prior to the event so that attendees can view the new exhibit INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE which brings together … Continue reading

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“Feds Rushing to help save endangered Indigenous languages”

CBC News sure can write a great headline! Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 It was a genuine pleasure for me to meet Arif Virani and his colleagues in Winnipeg last month for pre-engagement hearings on the new Indigenous Languages Act, and … Continue reading

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Charlie Venne: Cree Verbs with Caitlyn (th-dialect, video)

Charlie Venne, who manages the website for Gift of Language and Culture published this video on Youtube in October 2010. It’s a beauty, and young Miss Caitlyn has genuine star power. In the video, Charlie teaches seven verbs (in th-dialect) … Continue reading

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University of Saskatchewan Honour Song

This honour song, posted by the University of Saskatchewan was composed by the late Tyrone Tootoosis. Tootoosis was approached following traditional First Nations protocol, to create a song making reference to “A Treaty Right to Education.” http://aboriginal.usask.ca/about/first-nation-and-metis-relations.php#Music

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Honouring our Languages: Educators Workshop (Winnipeg)

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Cree Books for Kids – A Library List

Here (piyisk!) is a very first step in collecting all the titles we can find in Cree (or including Cree) for kids. We’ve needed this for ages, but please be patient: It’s a work in progress. I will continue to … Continue reading

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Education Resource Catalogs for Cree and other First Nations Languages

There are quite a few excellent education resource centres across Canada that produce high quality Cree language (or closely related) materials. This listing gives links to some of their websites and sales catalogs, so you can have a look, and … Continue reading

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Chamakese & Gladue – Honour Our Women (video, y-dialect)

Thanks to Jason Chamakese for permission to post this song in Cree, honouring women. Jason is playing the flute, while Robert Gladue sings and drums. (I first found the song when Sylvia Mcadam Saysewahum shared it on Facebook). They describe … Continue reading

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