Category Archives: Cree History

Seeking Clemency for Poundmaker – via Eagle Feather News

Poundmaker seeks clemency for its namesake chief Katie Doke Sawatzky | Eagle Feather News | August 15, 2017 While the fight to have treaty rights recognized is a continual battle for First Nations across Canada, Poundmaker Cree Nation has … Continue reading

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Manitoba Cree (and Ojibwe) Historical Resources from Frontier School Division

I was intrigued today by Ken Paupanekis’s collection of books and videos from his time with Frontier School Division – and also to find how many of these carefully researched and prepared publications are available online in pdf form. Not a … Continue reading

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Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems: Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum)

Sylvia McAdam (Sasewahum) will be speaking in Winnipeg February 10 & 11, 2016. While I continue to find specific details, I’m pleased to share some of the wonderful resources she has created here. Sylvia is very clear in her video lectures … Continue reading

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Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend

In the words of elder Ray Lavalee, “You must always honour the buffalo because they gave us life.”

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Astronomy via Wilfred Buck – and other Cree Astronomy Links

“Every culture in the Northern Hemisphere went outside at night and saw the same stars.” Hope I’m lucky enough to catch Rosanna Deerchild this week on CBC Radio’s  Unreserved to hear more from Wilfred Buck about Cree astronomy. The show airs … Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Allen Sapp

I was privileged last summer to visit the Allen Sapp Gallery in North Battleford, and see some of the work in person that I previously only knew through books. I also got to meet lawyer, writer and activist Michelle Good … Continue reading

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Amiskwaciy History Series: Shared History is Reconciliation

Because Cree Literacy is so much more than reading and writing words, I was delighted to discover this new series of videos via YouTube from amiskwaciy-wâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, Alberta, lit., Beaver Hills House) thanks to Simon Gowen on the Facebook Cree … Continue reading

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An infamous anniversary: 130 years since Canada’s Largest Mass Hanging 27 November 1885

A day the Cree Nation should never forget Paraphrasing Tyrone Tootoosis from Facebook: The eight Cree warriors that were hanged knew nothing of the legal system, and had no legal counsel or other advice. No defense was mounted. No reference was … Continue reading

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Cree Code Talker Documentary

  From CBC: More than 70 years after Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins served in the Second World War, his once top-secret story is being brought to life in a documentary film. Film director Alexandra Lazarowich is making a 10-minute documentary about Second … Continue reading

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A chapter in Cree history from Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix: “History Matters: ‘My people made war gently'”

Bill Waiser, Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix, 27 October 2015. Shared via embedded link. On the morning of May 26, 1885, Cree Chief Poundmaker proudly led his people into Battleford under a white flag of truce to meet with Gen. Frederick Middleton, … Continue reading

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