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Midnight Shine: Heart of Gold (n-dialect)

It was great surprise to run into my colleague Stan Louttit from Moose Factory in Winnipeg. It was even better to hear Midnight Shine (Stan is the bassist) live at The Forks at APTN’s Indigenous Day Live 2018. Not sure you could … Continue reading

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Medicine Dog makes the CBC News

Mansil Fiddler is still hard at work promoting Indigenous language reclamation one song at a time. He recently phoned to tell me about this recent CBC news interview – and remind me to check on updates to his list of … Continue reading

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Frog Lake Memories: CBC 1994

Twenty-four years since this CBC video was made, the same issues remain to be addressed. A link to this video appeared recently on FaceBook thanks to Mary Cardinal Colins and Peter Desjarlais. It reflects on the distinct role of the … Continue reading

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Translating English into Cree: Not Just Lip Service

It was a real honour to make a joint presentation at the 2018 Editors Canada annual conference in Saskatoon on 26 May 2018, along with the infamous Solomon Ratt. Here (at last) are our PowerPoint slides. Some links from the … Continue reading

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#CreeSimonSays: ohtâwimâwi-kîsikanisik: (Don’t try this at home!)

Seriously: Laugh hard, but don’t try this at home! Maybe even if you do have real Cree gas from Creeway in Saskatoon! Look below the video for vocabulary in SRO. And remember: êkâwiya kocihtâ ôma kîkihk – ᐁᑳᐏᔭ ᑯᒋᐦᑖ ᐆᒪ … Continue reading

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Everything about our culture is in our language: Opaskwayak Education Authority

This short video profile outlines the challenges and successes of Opaskwayak Education Authority’s nēnowē program, a Cree immersion program at Joe A. Ross School at Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Treaty 5 Territory. The video was produced by Blanche Cowley-Head and Dean … Continue reading

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Adult Cree Immersion Camp Summer 2018 – Lac La Ronge Indian Band

This camp is evidently only for community members (note the small registration limit) – but it’s a useful model for other communities. Best wishes to everyone who is able to particpate! Click here to download pdf: YOUTH-HAVEN-ADULT-CREE-IMMERSION-CAMP-poster

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wahwâ! kahkiyaw kimamihcihinân!

Congratulations to Laura Burnouf M.Ed, Heather Souter M.Ed, Randy Morin M.Ed, and all of their colleagues graduating with new academic honours from the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Revitalization Program. All of you really make us all proud!  Learn more about … Continue reading

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I Sat Quietly – Poem by Teta Engram (translated by Solomon Ratt – y-dialect)

Thanks to Izaiah Swampy-Omeasoo who sent this poem by Teta Engram to Solomon Ratt for translation into Cree. Teta Engram is a teacher at Victoria School of Arts in Edmonton, who has a keen interest in writing and working with … Continue reading

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Wooden Syllabics for the Classroom

Diane Ellis is a developer of educational materials with many years’ experience working with Oji-Cree communities in Northern Ontario, who is now working with Inuktitut. She recently sent me a sample set of her wooden syllabic cut-outs to see if … Continue reading

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