“kitâskwêw, pihtakwatâw!*” It’s Hockey Day in Cree!


*itâskwêw, pihtakwatâw! = ᐃᑖᐢᑵᐤ, ᐱᐦᑕᑿᑖᐤ! ᐀ He shoots, he scores!

The excitement on social media about today’s NHL Hockey broadcast in Cree is pretty hard to ignore. Some of our favourite commentators were up at the crack of dawn this morning in Winnipeg, preparing for the excitement. And people all over the west are putting down tobacco and smudging on their behalf, hoping for a truly great event.

To Studio Host, Earl Wood, Play-by-play Announcer, Clarence Iron, Studio Panelist, Jason Chamakese and Studio Analyst, John Chabot: kahkiyaw kimamihcihinân! ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑭᒪᒥᐦᒋᐦᐃᓈᐣ “You make us all proud!” Find profiles at aptn.ca/hockey

Photo from APTN National News FB page

While we’re all waiting for the game to start, there’s time to brush up on your cheering in Cree. Find the words you’ll need to cheer in Cree, and other hockey-related posts here at Cree Literacy Network. You can even find Akina Shirt singing O Canada. Click the links, or type “hockey” into the search box.

Some other links from today’s media:

Rogers Hometown Hockey: Enoch Cree Nation







About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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