“Lest I Forget” Solomon Ratt (audio, th-dialect)

Prince Albert Residential School, n.d., http://www.anglican.ca/tr/histories/prince-albert/ P75-103-S7-292

Sol as a cadet at school, age 14

kâkikî nika-kiskisin
kâ-kî-awâsisiwiyân
ispî kâ-kî-kwâsihikawiyân nîkihk ohci
ta-nitawi-ayamihcikiyân ohpimî, wahthaw nîkihk ohci.
kîspin wanikiskisiyâni
nika-mîtawâkâtâwak
kahkithaw awâsisak kâ-kî-wanihcik,
kahkithaw awâsisak kâ-kî-nipahihcik,
namwâc nika-kistîthimihâwak
kîspin wanikiskisitotawakwâwi.
kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-wanihon;
kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-wanihâw nitahcahk.

ᑳᑭᑮ ᓂᑲ ᑭᐢᑭᓯᐣ
ᑳ ᑮ ᐊᐚᓯᓯᐏᔮᐣ
ᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑮ ᒁᓯᐦᐃᑲᐏᔮᐣ ᓃᑭᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ
ᑕ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑭᔮᐣ ᐅᐦᐱᒦ , ᐘᐦᖬᐤ ᓃᑭᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ᙮
ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐘᓂᑭᐢᑭᓯᔮᓂ
ᓂᑲ ᒦᑕᐚᑳᑖᐘᐠ
ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ ᑳ ᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᒋᐠ,
ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ ᑳ ᑮ ᓂᐸᐦᐃᐦᒋᐠ,
ᓇᒹᐨ ᓂᑲ ᑭᐢᑏᖨᒥᐦᐋᐘᐠ
ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐘᓂᑭᐢᑭᓯᑐᑕᐘᒁᐏ ᙮
ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐘᓂᑭᐢᑭᓯᔮᓂ ᓂᑲ ᐘᓂᐦᐅᐣ
ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐘᓂᑭᐢᑭᓯᔮᓂ ᓂᑲ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᐤ ᓂᑕᐦᒐᕽ ᙮

Forever I will remember
as a child
when I was kidnapped from my home
to go to school elsewhere, from my home.
If I forget
I will disrespect
all the children who were lost,
all the children who were killed.
I would not show them honour
if I forget about them.
If I forget, I will be lost.
If I forget, I will lose my soul.

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pisiskiwak: #CreeSimonSays: Simon Bird and #LilMoshom

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Cree Classes in Calgary

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2017: ayîkipîsim / ᐊᔩᑭᐲᓯᒼ / April

April 2017Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2017 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. For those who like to plan a little further in advance, a link to complete pdfs is included here:
Y- and Th-Dialect Version: http://creeliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017CalendarCorrected_Whole.pdf
N- and Th-Dialect Version: http://creeliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017CalendarN.pdf

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Hello/Goodbye #CreeSimonSays #LilMoshom

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Love this – but we at CLN always write tânisi / ᑖᓂᓯ!
That short I in the middle is unstressed, so it regularly gets dropped out when people speak fast.


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Cree Online Study Group Continues

Thanks to Elena Gould for use of the photo!

The weekly online Cree study group with Dorothy Thunder that began in January this year is continuing Thursday evenings at 7:30 Saskatchewan time. To quote Dorothy after last week’s lesson, “learning Cree is simply the BEST!!! Students are moving forward quickly – we got this!!! Keep up the great work kahkiyaw!!! âhkameyimotân!! Let’s keep it up!!!”

To join in, please see instructions at the nehiyawewin.ca site for use of whiteboard. No registration required.

The textbook being used is Solomon Ratt’s Beginning Cree. Sol’s book can be ordered from McNally Robinson at http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/9780889774353/solomon-ratt/beginning-cree?blnBKM=1

or from Amazon (where it’s listed as a best seller!)

https://www.amazon.ca/Beginning-Cree-Solomon-Ratt/dp/0889774358/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480480973&sr=8-1&keywords=Solomon+Ratt

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2017: niskipîsim / ᓂᐢᑭᐲᓯᒼ / March

March 2017Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2017 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. For those who like to plan a little further in advance, a link to complete pdfs is included here:
Y- and Th-Dialect Version: http://creeliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017CalendarCorrected_Whole.pdf
N- and Th-Dialect Version: http://creeliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017CalendarN.pdf

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Respecting pisiskowak (the dangers of Pokemon teachings) #CreeSimonSays #LilMoshom

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#CreeSimonSays: Simon Bird and #LilMoshom

I’m a little late to catch on to the Cree language teaching phenomenon that Simon Bird has created with his Little Moshoom Facebook videos. He has an incredible 7,730 followers: and I think I was 7,731! But where Facebook lets you see the good stuff once, then makes you keep scrolling, the Cree Literacy Network is set up to keep things to help us all find them later. So thanks, Simon, for agreeing to let me try hosting your videos here.

Here’s his own introduction from the FaceBook group (which you can visit and follow by clicking here).

Simon is a Cree Speaker with a B.Ed and and M.Ed in Education with a passion to help others learn and connect.

#CreeSimonSays will post a unique way of teaching the Cree Language. Its a fun, easy and simple, but not like Simon, just listen and follow to what Simon Says #CreeSimonSays.

Its as simple as
Meow Kissy Cow or May You Kiss A Cow
Meyokesikaw means It is a Nice/good Day in the Y dialect.

The posts will include Cree words, English words, common pictures and picture word games to be used as cues/aides to help you learn and remember. This fun and easy way that will help teaching the Cree language, its a great resource for teachers, and those with a desire to learn, we hope you have fun.

*Please remember, this page is only intended to be a learning aide. While it does teach Cree, nothing compares to conversing with a fluent cree speaker. Many of the words will be slightly off and the goal is for you to practice.

Any questions? Use the comment feature. All negative comments will be deleted and its users blocked from the sight, mwêstas.

Today’s video covers some really important Rez survival tips. 😉

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āstamik pī-nitohtamok ācathohkīwina ōti mistahi-sākahikanihk

Sorry I can’t be there, too – but hoping we’ll see pictures, and maybe some âcimowina on video!

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