Category Archives: Place Names

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

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Seeing more Cree in Oskana

CTV News Regina included Solomon Ratt’s mad syllabic skills in its recent piece about Regina street signs. Go Sol! Regina itself had a perfectly good Cree name to start with: oskana kâ-asastêki Pile of Bones. And the Cree word oskana is well … Continue reading

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Place Names in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton)

Bravo to Amiskwaciwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton) Mayor Don Iveson for supporting decolonization through the use of place names in real nêhiyawêwin, for his own work in support of Cree literacy, and for his eloquence in defending those choices. I won’t … Continue reading

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FN Communities of Manitoba with their FN Names – From MFNERC

I haven’t been able to locate a publication date for this paper by Andy Thomas and Florence Paynter of Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, but it is a useful and detailed publication that includes a great map of FN … Continue reading

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Cree Place Names

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Cree Names of Cree-speaking Communities across Canada

Thanks to tooks I’ve learned through Steve de Roy’s Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Waterloo, Ontario, Musqueam Nation in BC, and, in 2017 in Winnipeg, I’ve gathered all the Cree place names I could find – for Cree-speaking communities, and added … Continue reading

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Neal McLeod’s Cree Place Names

The other day, Neal McLeod invited his FaceBook friends to share photos of their home communities, offering to post them along with the community names in Cree. Since I was just lucky enough to attend this year’s Indigenous Mapping Workshop in … Continue reading

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Indigenous Mapping Workshop, 2015

I feel so privileged to be in Kitchener this week at Google Canada Headquarters for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop hosted by Chiefs of Ontario, The Firelight Group and Google Outreach. And I’m grateful to my colleagues in the People of … Continue reading

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Edmonton Journal Salutes Maskwacis

Video: Round Dance at Maskwacis http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Drumming+dancing+celebration+herald+beginning+Maskwacis/9339234/story.html

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Christi Belcourt: Reclaiming ourselves one name at a time

Today, Hobbema once again becomes Maskwacis (‘Bear Hills’). In its honour, CBC republished this piece in which Christi Belcourt asks: Can aboriginal identity be reclaimed by changing names? http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/christi-belcourt-reclaiming-ourselves-one-name-at-a-time-1.2480127 CBC News Posted: Dec 31, 2013 4:41 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 01, … Continue reading

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