Author Archives: Arden Ogg

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.

Who knew Santa was a Hoop Dancer?

James Jones gives a new definition to “lively and quick” in this epic hoop dance that Cathy Wheaton recently shared on Facebook. He’s dancing to Moccasin Burner by Northern Cree, but his moves are flashier than the lights on that … Continue reading

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New project funded: The Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak

Congratulations to elder William Dumas and his many collaborators for inspiring a whole collection of books to accompany the  award-winning book, Pîsim Finds her Miskanow. Thanks to Robert Falcon Ouellette (Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, and dedicated Cree language learner) … Continue reading

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Eight Great Ways to Help Yourself Learn Cree: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

If you’d like to download all eight images at once for printing, click here for the pdf. Click here for a prayer to help with Step 5. Click the audio link to listen and read along:     8 kiskisiwina … Continue reading

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Solomon’s Christmas Cards 2017 (y- and th-dialects with audio)

Help spread the Christmas spirit in Cree with very best holiday wishes from the Cree Literacy Network. Download Solomon Ratt’s Christmas card images to print your own cards. And don’t forget to listen to the audio to practise your pronunciation! … Continue reading

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From “A Framework for Indigenous Language Legislation”

As Solomon Ratt observes, the original is written entirely in the language of ‘omânitêwak’ (visitors, that is, English), so he’s remedying that by translating the six recommendations into th-dialect here. Listen and learn! Here’s a link to the original document … Continue reading

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Typing Syllabics on your Computer: Installing what you need via LanguageGeek

Finding fonts and keyboards to type syllabics is an issue that many people struggle with. Here’s a first try at presenting and explaining what is needed and why. It would be great if someone would volunteer to be a guinea … Continue reading

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A Sweet Day for Literacy in Cree: Rosanna Deerchild, Calling Down the Sky

The launch of Rosanna Deerchild’s Cree-language edition of Calling Down the Sky on Sunday, 29 November 2017 at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg was poignant and sweet. The photos here – most from Rosanna’s Facebook Feed – capture the best of the event, … Continue reading

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2017 Language Keepers Conference – SICC

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Harold Johnson in North Battleford: 10 November 2017

If you’re around North Battleford on 10 November 2017, don’t miss the chance to meet Harold Johnson at the Gog (1392-105th St North Battleford). Harold is the best-selling author of Firewater and of Two Families (as well as several works of … Continue reading

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Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2017: Supporting Cree as a 21st Century Language

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