Category Archives: From the Mainstream

It’s always exciting when Cree language topics make the mainstream news. Here are some great examples.

PhD Thesis Abstract: Full Text (Solomon Ratt)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing the dissertation abstract – both in English and in Cree – for us to study here, and thanks to Aydin Torkabadi for the really thoughtful gesture of respect for First Languages.  Read the full … Continue reading

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Order of Canada 2018: Fred Sasakamoose, C.M.

From the 2016 Globe and Mail Profile: “He was barely out of his teens when he took faceoffs against Maurice Richard and played against Gordie Howe, Jean Béliveau and Tim Horton.” Congratulations to Fred – the very first Indigenous player in … Continue reading

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ahkamêyimo, Robert-Falcon Ouellette! Petitioning for Cree Language Support in the House of Commons

(First, here’s a link to the petition – that could really use your support!) https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1234 Robert-Falcon Oullette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, rose to address the House of Commons in Cree in May 2017 about the safety of Indigenous … Continue reading

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Beyond the Kinship System: About Family Relationships

Today while families are gathering for Thanksgiving (or at least, to share a good meal of turkey!) seems like a good time to share Doug Cuthand’s May 2016 piece about family ties. Published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix appeared under the … Continue reading

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“Feds Rushing to help save endangered Indigenous languages”

CBC News sure can write a great headline! Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 It was a genuine pleasure for me to meet Arif Virani and his colleagues in Winnipeg last month for pre-engagement hearings on the new Indigenous Languages Act, … Continue reading

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Bruce Lee Schools the Kiyâm Gang #CreeSimonSays

And even CBC thinks its brilliant. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-montreal-lake-cree-language-bruce-lee-1.4284424 Join Simon’s Facebook Group (and prepare to be amazed): https://www.facebook.com/groups/380099328844547/ And have a look here at http://creeliteracy.org/category/creesimonsays/ where some of Simon’s greatest hits are archived.

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Joi Arcand: The Optics of the Language

Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist and industrial sculptor from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, and she knows that words, that letter forms, shapes and glyphs, “change the visual landscape,” that they are how we go about practicing new ways of … Continue reading

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mino tipiska, nohkom! Have a happy birthday, kohkom Sarah Harper

The Cree Literacy Network is in great company today sending our very best wishes to Sarah Harper, who is celebrating her 111th birthday yesterday at Bunibonibee Cree Nation (Oxford House, Manitoba). Sarah is also being celebrated in the Winnipeg Free Press in … Continue reading

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Kevin Brousseau in Le Devoir: “Cree Languages without Borders”

From the 21 August 2017 issue of Montreal’s Le Devoir, newspaper: a great piece by Marie Michele Sioui in which linguist Kevin Brousseau talks about Cree as a language continuum that stretches – without borders – from Alberta to Labrador. … Continue reading

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tatawâw: There’s room for everyone

It’s particularly sweet for me to see these CBC reports about the outreach for reconciliation coming from Muskeg Lake (in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee), because I’ve always been so generously welcomed there myself. I’ve attended services in that … Continue reading

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