tahto awâsis asitakimâw
ᑕᐦᑐ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᐊᓯᑕᑭᒫᐤ
Every child matters
tahto awâsis asitakimâw
ᑕᐦᑐ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᐊᓯᑕᑭᒫᐤ
Every child matters
kâ-kî-sipwîyôtîhoyân ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk nikî-kikiskîn nipahkîkinaskisina kâ-kî-osîhtamawit nikâwîpan. ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk nikî-mîthikawin pimipâhtâwaskisina ikwa kî-wîpinamwak nipahkîkinaskisina…namwâc mâka kî-ohci-nipahtâwak okâwîmâw-sâkihitowin.
ᑳ ᑮ ᓯᐿᔫᑏᐦᐅᔮᐣ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᓂᑮ ᑭᑭᐢᑮᐣ ᓂᐸᐦᑮᑭᓇᐢᑭᓯᓇ ᑳ ᑮ ᐅᓰᐦᑕᒪᐏᐟ ᓂᑳᐑᐸᐣ᙮ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᓂᑮ ᒦᖨᑲᐏᐣ ᐱᒥᐹᐦᑖᐘᐢᑭᓯᓇ ᐃᑿ ᑮ ᐑᐱᓇᒷᐠ ᓂᐸᐦᑮᑭᓇᐢᑭᓯᓇ᙮..ᓇᒹᐨ ᒫᑲ ᑮ ᐅᐦᒋ ᓂᐸᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᐅᑳᐑᒫᐤ ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ᙮
Off to residential school I proudly wore my new moccasins lovingly made by my mother. At the school they gave me a pair of runners and threw away my moccasins….but they never killed a Mother’s love.
Click here to download a copy you can print for yourself! Cree Language Calendar 2021
Note that the PDF pages are designed for legal size paper (8.5×14″). We like to ask the printer for 24lb paper, and add a spiral binding across the top.
Besides the PDF for download, we are also presenting the calendar as a gallery of individual pages:
You can also listen as Sol reads the the text shown on various calendar pages in the following audio file. Both y- and th-dialect variants are included.
If you scroll past the page images, you will also find recordings of standard calendar terms, including months, days of the week and moon phases (in y- and th-dialects).
What a fabulous surprise to receive this treasure in the mail from University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills and its Cree Language Program Language Resource Developer, Tina Wellman. A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating this collection:
Cree classroom teachers will be especially pleased with the UnBQ Lesson Plan Kit ($40) that includes:
A complete set of the twelve newest books can also be purchased as a set for $40.
A complete catalog list (including grade level and pricing) can be found here:
Send your orders (and questions) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name and address!
(Note: Cree Literacy Network is not involved in sale or distribution of these materials, but sends warm congratulations to all involved in their creation.)
Some universal truths are worth re-stating in Cree. This is one Dorothy Thunder and I both happen to endorse with a big “tâpwê êêêê wâhay wâhay!”
Thank you, Wayne Jackson, for letting me share it, and adding audio. Hope it gets those irresistible men some of the attention they deserve! lol!
nâpêw kâ-nihtâ-piminawasot ê-akâwâtiht; mâka nâpêw kâ-kâsiyâkanêt sôskwâc namoya ê-kî-nakinisohk
ᓈᐯᐤ ᑳ ᓂᐦᑖ ᐱᒥᓇᐘᓱᐟ ᐁ ᐊᑳᐚᑎᐦᐟ; ᒫᑲ ᓈᐯᐤ ᑳ ᑳᓯᔮᑲᓀᐟ ᓲᐢᒁᐨ ᓇᒧᔭ ᐁ ᑮ ᓇᑭᓂᓱᕽ
A man who cooks is attractive; A man who does the dishes is irresistible.
kikiskamohkan âkohkwênikanêkin: kihcêyim kiwîci-ayisiyiniw kâ-itohtêyan ayisiyinînahk.
ᑭᑭᐢᑲᒧᐦᑲᐣ ᐋᑯᐦᑵᓂᑲᓀᑭᐣ: ᑭᐦᒉᔨᒼ ᑭᐑᒋ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓂᐤ ᑳ ᐃᑐᐦᑌᔭᐣ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓃᓇᕽ᙮
Wear mouth covering: be considerate of people when you go out where people are.
(Since the jury is still out on a suitable word for mouth-and-nose covering mask, Sol has gone with the verb for covering.) We all know the principle! Stay safe!
The latest language preservation publication from Patricia Ningewance Nadeau’s Mazinaate Inc will soon be a must-have all across the prairies. I was proud to pick up mine straight from the publisher last night.
Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents: A Phrasebook for Nearly All Occasions, is full of useful phrases and vocabulary for parents and children talking, learning, feeling and playing together at home, on the land, at the powwow, or out in the big wide world. Filled with Plains Cree content provided by Solomon Ratt, you know it’s gonna be great!
Not yet listed on the Mazinaate website, the book sells for $20 plus postage.
They will be in touch.
This new title is modelled closely after the popular Pocket Ojibwe for Kids and Parents, written by Winnipeg’s Trevor Greyeyes and Maeengan Linklater, and translated into Ojibwe by Patricia Ningewance Nadeau.
(Even more great news from Pat: The adult version Pocket Cree translated by Dorothy Thunder will be coming out by Christmas. Watch for it!)
kêkâc ê-kî-wanihtâyahk kinêhiyawinaw mâka sohkâtisiwin ê-kî-miyikôsiyahk. kâwi ka-pasakônênaw anima kêkâc kâ-kî-kâsêhâhkik.
ᑫᑳᐨ ᐁ ᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᑖᔭᕽ ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐏᓇᐤ ᒫᑲ ᓱᐦᑳᑎᓯᐏᐣ ᐁ ᑮ ᒥᔨᑰᓯᔭᕽ᙮ ᑳᐏ ᑲ ᐸᓴᑰᓀᓇᐤ ᐊᓂᒪ ᑫᑳᐨ ᑳ ᑮ ᑳᓭᐦᐋᐦᑭᐠ᙮
A powerful observation for National Indigenous People’s Day 2020. Thanks, Wayne!
kâwitha nakata ithiniwâtisiwin:
tîpithahk acithaw nakata wanîwitowin:
kipihtowîwinihk ka-pihtawâwak kitâniskô-wâhkômâkaninawak
ᑳᐏᖬ ᓇᑲᑕ ᐃᖨᓂᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ:
ᑲᐲ ᑲ ᐑᒌᐏᑯᐣ;
ᑲᐲ ᑲ ᐑᒋᐦᐃᑯᐣ᙮
ᑏᐱᖬᕽ ᐊᒋᖬᐤ ᓇᑲᑕ ᐘᓃᐏᑐᐏᐣ:
ᑭᐱᐦᑐᐑᐏᓂᕽ ᑲ ᐱᐦᑕᐚᐘᐠ ᑭᑖᓂᐢᑰ ᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓇᐘᐠ
Don’t leave First Nations traditions behind:
They will always accompany you;
They will always help you.
Just for a bit leave the noisy confusion behind:
In the silence you will hear Our ancestors
Telling us sacred stories.
It is quiet and peaceful.
Sincere thanks to Arzu Sardarli who has given us permission on behalf of his team to share their award-winning Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms for Elementary School as a free downloadable PDF. This first-of-its-kind mathematical dictionary is especially valuable to teachers (and students!) working in an immersion environment.
English mathematical terminology was gathered from various math curriculum documents, explained and/or paraphrased in English, and then rendered in Cree by master speakers:
Solomon Ratt (who is both a master speaker and master speller) provided essential SRO editorial assistance.
Since all available print copies were immediately distributed to Cree classrooms, we are very proud to host this PDF link to help expand its reach.
Thanks to Arzu for also posting the RCE Award presentation on YouTube, including his description of how the dictionary came about: