Category Archives: Indigenous Knowledge (Science)

First Nations Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference: Wilfred Buck

“Science is all around us – and we have to start applying it on our terms.” Wilfred Buck’s keynote talk at the MFNERC First Nations Circle of Knowledge Conference (October 2017) focused on the need of 21st century kids for … Continue reading

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MFNERC: Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference (Winnipeg)

With astronomer Wilfred Buck as keynote speaker, this is a great event for Winnipeg science teachers! Here’s a link to their online conference hub: MFNERC – First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices  

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Traditional Indigenous Knowledge / Science Resources for Teachers #CreeSimonSays

Thanks to #CreeSimonSays on Facebook for inspiring this conversation, and thanks to the teachers who contributed with their favourite resources. I was intrigued with some of the additional titles a quick Google search turned up. I can’t speak to the … Continue reading

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Knighton Hillstrom on Medicinal Plants via Cathy Wheaton at Lac LaRonge

têniki to Cathy Wheaton for permission to share this video recorded at Lac la Ronge Indian Band Health Services (LLRIBHS) Cultural Gathering in La Ronge, August 2017. Our instructor is Knighton Hillstrom who teaches us about handling the plants with respect … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse, 21 August 2017

For those watching today’s solar eclipse, some related words in Cree: kotâwîwi-pîsim (eclipse; literally: sun sinking under ground) wanitipiskipayiw (darken, suddenly get dark, be an eclipse) Be sure to protect your eyes! awahê! (Be careful!) APTN interviewed Wilfred Buck this afternoon. Watch … Continue reading

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Health Canada: Canada’s Food Guide in Plains Cree and in Woods Cree, 2009

I was excited to find this 2009 edition of Canada’s food guide prepared in Cree and in other FN languages. I wish I knew who deserves the credit for this really useful translation work. It is provided there for sharing, … Continue reading

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Hinterland Who’s Who – in Cree!

Thanks to Miriam McNab for posting this in the Facebook group Nêhiyawêwin Word of the Day. The videos are produced Canada’s old familiar Hinterland Who’s Who that was part of Canadian childhood for anyone with a television. You can find … Continue reading

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Muskeg Tea: kâkikêpakwa / maskêkopakwa

From “Irene Muswagon’s Herbal Remedies,” Chapter VIII in Norway House Anthology: Stories of the Elders, Volume I by Byron Apetagon, pp. 52-53. Frontier School Division No. 48. Muskeg Tea kâkikêpakwa means “forever leaves” in Cree. kâkikêpakwa plants grow in areas where … Continue reading

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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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National Aboriginal History Month Day Twenty-four: iyiniw-kiskêyihcikêwin

Urban Native Magazine and Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association have launched a photograph challenge (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in honour of National Aboriginal History Month. They’re using the Twitter hashtag #NAHM2015PhotoADay. Here at the Cree Literacy Network, we’ve decided to … Continue reading

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