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.

Adult Cree Immersion Camp Summer 2018 – Lac La Ronge Indian Band

This camp is evidently only for community members (note the small registration limit) – but it’s a useful model for other communities. Best wishes to everyone who is able to particpate! Click here to download pdf: YOUTH-HAVEN-ADULT-CREE-IMMERSION-CAMP-poster

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For Father’s Day: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

    ispî kâ-kî-awâsisîwiyân kapî mâna nikî-wîcîwâw nohtâwîpan kâ-papâmahkamikisit. nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-nitawi-tâpwakît ikwa mîna kâ-kî-nâtakwît; nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-kî-nitawi-pakitahwât ikwa mîna kâ-kî-nâtathapît; nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-kî-nitawi-wanihikît ikwa mîna kâ-kî-nitaiwi-nâciwanihikanît; nikî-wîcîwâw kâ-kî-nâcihmihtîhahk ikwa kâ-nitawiminît. kahkithaw iyakoni kîkwaya nikî-ati-kiskîthihtîn, î-kî-kiskinwawâpamak nohtâwîpan. ikwa ispî kâ-kî-mâci-ayamihcikiyân tâpiskôc îkâ kîkway … Continue reading

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wahwâ! kahkiyaw kimamihcihinân!

Congratulations to Laura Burnouf M.Ed, Heather Souter M.Ed, Randy Morin M.Ed, and all of their colleagues graduating with new academic honours from the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Revitalization Program. All of you really make us all proud!  Learn more about … Continue reading

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I Sat Quietly – Poem by Teta Engram (translated by Solomon Ratt – y-dialect)

Thanks to Izaiah Swampy-Omeasoo who sent this poem by Teta Engram to Solomon Ratt for translation into Cree. Teta Engram is a teacher at Victoria School of Arts in Edmonton, who has a keen interest in writing and working with … Continue reading

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Wooden Syllabics for the Classroom

Diane Ellis is a developer of educational materials with many years’ experience working with Oji-Cree communities in Northern Ontario, who is now working with Inuktitut. She recently sent me a sample set of her wooden syllabic cut-outs to see if … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 (th-dialect)

A recent request on nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day asked for a th-dialect version of the 23rd psalm, so committed heathen Solomon Ratt immediately jumped right to the rescue. Fortunately for us, Dolores Sand had already jumped to our … Continue reading

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Izaiah Swampy-Omeasoo gives Treaty Six Acknowledgement in Cree

Thanks to Izaiah Swampy-Omeasoo for letting us share this Treaty Six territorial acknowledgement in Cree – as it is now used by Edmonton Public Schools’ First Nation, Metis, Inuit Education. Translation from English into Cree (y-dialect) was provided by Mary … Continue reading

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Teacher Training: TPR Storytelling, St Paul, Alberta

This looks like a great opportunity for those who can get there! For details, email or call 780.645.5880. Learn more about Tribal Chiefs Education Foundation at

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About Handgames

This post was inspired by a FaceBook video of Dene elders hard at play, publicly posted on FaceBook by Patrick Yakinneah, and embedded here with Patrick’s permission. Another piece on Dene handgame was produced by the CBC, and can be viewed … Continue reading

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Wilfred Buck: Tipiskâwi kîsik: Night Sky Stories

Congratulations to Wilfred Buck and to MFNERC on the publication of his new collection of Night Sky Stories. I tried to pick up a copy at the recent Lighting the Fire Conference in Winnipeg, but all that was left by … Continue reading

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