Forwarded by Caylie Gnyra, of Little Cree Books, who organized a second meeting of Edmonton-area Cree speakers, teachers and students to discuss development of materials on Wednesday 6 March 2013. Looking forward to working with this crew, and getting some projects out there.
Of course, the group is open to anybody who has dream projects for Cree: there’s so much more we can do by supporting one another!
Here are the notes from the meeting Les Skinner, Chelsea Vowel, Dorothy Thunder, Daniel Nikpayuk, and I attended at the U of A yesterday afternoon. A big thanks to all of you for showing up!
For the most part, we discussed our own current projects, our dream projects and directions related to Cree language education, and the skills we have to offer for use within these projects. At some point, it would be nice to (a) develop a bit more of a strategic direction, so that we can move together cohesively without reinventing the wheel, and provide potential volunteers with specific tasks to accomplish and potential funders with specific projects and outcomes that we envision; and (b) determine whether we, and other Cree language enthusiasts, would like to form some sort of group (either within the umbrella of the Cree Literacy Network, or apart from it, depending on the advantages and disadvantages of each option – and would it include speakers of distant dialects, like James Bay Cree?) so that we could be eligible for funding (IF we think we want funding!), and how those funds would be administered; and (c) how that organization would be governed and administer funds.