Category Archives: Identity

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

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First Nations Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference: Winston Wuttunee and William Dumas

Thanks to Winston Wuttunee and William Dumas for their workshop session on teaching through songs and story-telling (we never got around to the dancing part). It was so much fun listening to master storytellers stringing us along that I attended … Continue reading

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Sylvia McAdam – Cree Teachings Videos (2014)

A really beautiful collection of video lectures from knowledge keeper (and lawyer, and Idle No More co-founder) Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, assembled on Youtube in 2014. With Cree as her mother tongue, Sylvia does most of her teaching in English, but … Continue reading

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Niska Napoleon: Reclaiming Cree Identity

She may not have intended this as more than a Facebook post, but there’s a special fierceness to this statement from Niska Napoleon ( – who is clearly not the first rock star in her family – as she reflects on the power … Continue reading

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Chapter Six Videos – My Relatives

(Repeated from Chapter One)

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The truth may set us free to walk again

From the Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 30 May 2015, a gentle piece from Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson who reflects literally and metaphorically on recovery of Creeness after Residential School. The truth may set us free to walk again. (Lest it be lost … Continue reading

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Chelsea Vowel: Unsettling Your Language

Chelsea Vowel talks about being a learner of  Cree in this opening overview of her planned new series of Cree language learning podcasts. She touches something really important I’ve heard from other language teachers as well: the pressure, expectations, and even … Continue reading

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When Kids Don’’t See Themselves Reflected At School

This brief TVO video reflects on the value to Aboriginal children of seeing themselves, their language and their culture reflected at school. Another reminder of the importance of creating not only books in Cree, but also culturally appropriate books in … Continue reading

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Tyrone Tootoosis on the loss of language and culture

“Cree Literacy” isn’t just about learning to read the language. It’s also about understanding Cree history and Cree culture, an important educational goal not only for “nêhiyawak” but for non-Aboriginal Canadians as well.  Thanks to Tyrone Tootosis, Sr. for permission to … Continue reading

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