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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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Izaiah Swampy-Omeasoo gives Treaty Six Acknowledgement in Cree

Thanks to Izaiah Swampy-Omeasoo for letting us share this Treaty Six territorial acknowledgement in Cree – as it is now used by Edmonton Public Schools’ First Nation, Metis, Inuit Education. Translation from English into Cree (y-dialect) was provided by Mary … Continue reading

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About Handgames

This post was inspired by a FaceBook video of Dene elders hard at play, publicly posted on FaceBook by Patrick Yakinneah, and embedded here with Patrick’s permission. Another piece on Dene handgame was produced by the CBC, and can be viewed … Continue reading

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Wilfred Buck: Tipiskâwi kîsik: Night Sky Stories

Congratulations to Wilfred Buck and to MFNERC on the publication of his new collection of Night Sky Stories. I tried to pick up a copy at the recent Lighting the Fire Conference in Winnipeg, but all that was left by … Continue reading

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All about Ducks – y-dialect

Following up on Mary Cardinal’s terrific tongue-twister, here’s a collection of duck terms extracted from the online itwêwina dictionary, with a couple of extras provided by Solomon Ratt. 

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A Ducky Cree Tongue-twister from Mary Cardinal Collins

Thanks to Mary Cardinal Collins for letting me share this great Cree tongue-twister remembered from childhood (as if most Cree words aren’t tongue-twisting enough for beginners!) apiscisipisak otapiscisicisiwâwa ᐊᐱᐢᒋᓯᐱᓴᐠ ᐅᑕᐱᐢᒋᓯᒋᓯᐚᐘ In English, it means, “The little feet of teals (literally, … Continue reading

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