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Charlie Venne: omosōma

Charlie Venne is building a great collection of stories about his grandfather (omosōma) on his First Nations Stories blog ( Along with English-language story-telling, Charlie also embeds audio recordings of key phrases and ideas in Cree, for learners to listen … Continue reading

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All My Relations (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect, video)

Watch video to read along in Cree, or scroll down to read the text at leisure. Thanks (as always) for sharing, Solomon Ratt! kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik ispîhk kâ-mâmawinitohk tahto-awiyak kâ-pîkiskwêt mâci-pîkiskwêw ôma atamiskâkêwin ka-âpacihtât ‘kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik.’ ôma itwêwin ‘kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik’ pîksikwêwin … Continue reading

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Santa Visits Saddle Lake 2018 (video)

miyo-manitôwi-kîsikanisik onîhcîkiskwapiwinihk! In a brilliant display of mutual cultural appreciation, Santa made his first visit of 2018 to Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta this week. The kids appreciated him so much, we can’t even hear what the drum group … Continue reading

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Edmonton Journal: StatCan report finds more people are learning Indigenous languages

Lovely story about Carolyn Kiskotagan, and about Cree language reclamation. My favourite quotes: “Our spirit is made up of everything our ancestors did,” Kiskotagan said. “The language is a part of the spirit, so when all those things were torn … Continue reading

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Janice Bone: Water, dreams and Treaties: Agnes Ross’ Mémékwésiwak stories and Treaty No. 5

Congratulations to Janice Bone on completing her Master of Arts in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, and thanks to her for sharing this link to her thesis, newly released by UM Libraries as a downloadable PDF. Janice’s grandmother, … Continue reading

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Dictionary of Moose Cree receives Ontario Heritage Award

It’s always nice to see good work officially acknowledged. For me, it’s even better to see a new Cree dictionary completed and offered to its community, because I know the depth and care that work requires. Here’s a March 2018 … Continue reading

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Rhonda Head: Ave Maria

mâmaskâc! Brava! Congratulations to Rhonda Head whose recording of Schubert’s Ave Maria – in Cree – is still holding on to #4 on Classical Charts in Canada on reverbnation. It has also moved up to #28 on the Global Charts – that’s … Continue reading

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Moose Cree Talking Dictionary

I was gifted copies of this dictionary in print by a community member – it’s a beauty. I’m excited to hear the audio now as well (and understand why Moose Cree friends laugh at my pronunciation of sâkahikan, among other … Continue reading

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Free Online: Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin by Jean L. Okimāsis

Wonderful news from Arok Wolvengrey and Cree Literacy Network Honorary Founder Jean Okimâsis. Her classic title is now available online for “open access” – which means everyone is welcome to download a copy for their own use. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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Master-Apprentice Michif Language Program

Thanks to Heather Souter – and congratulations – as she helps launch this new Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program in Dauphin. Read the full story from the Brandon Sun here:

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