Category Archives: Literacy and Learning

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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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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What is SRO?

Standard Roman Orthography (SRO) uses the letters of English alphabet (with a few modifications) to represent Cree language sounds. Each meaningful sound (or phoneme) is represented with one character. It is consistency of the sound-to-symbol correspondence that makes SRO effective. … Continue reading

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Alphabet Soup is Hard to Read!

For reading fluency and comprehension, Cree speakers need consistent spelling.* Learning to read and write in your own language should be a fundamental human right, yet relatively few Cree speakers ever have that chance. Those who do learn, struggle with … Continue reading

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