Category Archives: Literacy and Learning

#CreeSimonSays: Teaching Cree on FaceBook

It was a great pleasure to visit with Simon Bird in Winnipeg at the 2018 Lighting the Fire Conference, hosted by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre – to see his presentation encouraging teachers to join him in teaching Cree … Continue reading

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

In this post, we assemble 12 motivational posters in Cree from Solomon Ratt, all with QR codes (supplied by Ramona Washburn), so that (with the help of a cell phone app), the posters can actually read themselves aloud! They print … Continue reading

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

Updated: Now *Twelve* Great ways! (January 2018) 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 … Continue reading

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A Syllabic Text from Remy Wes

Remy Wes sent this image of a page of printed syllabics into the FaceBook Group nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day, asking for a translation. It turned into a big team effort, with help from lots of directions. Ultimately, it … Continue reading

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Regifting, belatedly: A Canada Day gift from apihtawikosisan

Lawyer/Activist/Educator Chelsea Vowel (originally from northern Alberta, now living in Montreal)  created a social justice video game – with Plains Cree language and cultural content, and a healthy dose of sardonic wit – that she launched on her apihtawikosisan.com blog as a … Continue reading

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Roadblocks to effective indigenous language development

Reblogged from Chelsea Vowel’s apihtawikosisan.com, October 4, 2013. This anecdote used to be shared on a now-defunct website for a Sims-like game calledRezWorld.  Someone tweeted a link to the site many months ago and I was nearly incoherent with excitement.  … Continue reading

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Automated Syllabic Conversion

Cree Syllabic Transliteration on the Desktop The debate about the best written form for the Cree language seems destined to continue for some time in Western Canada. Some communities prefer “Standard Roman Orthography” (SRO) which uses alphabetic letters (just like English); other … Continue reading

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Cree Literacy can be like Velcro too!

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Reading is a Revolution

From Aaron Paquette (the founding citizen of #Ottawapiskat) Share this! (if you think literacy is important) 🙂 ——- Let’s make this the start of something incredible. Join me in a revolution. What do you get out of it? The world, … Continue reading

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Six Great Reasons

Six Great Reasons to use SRO (Standard Roman Orthography) Speakers of different dialects can read and understand the same books. There is already a small, but growing, library of good books to read. You don’t need special software to type … Continue reading

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