Cree Language Classroom Resources, January 2020

Students from Ermineskin Elementary School in Maskwacis start each day with 100 minutes of reading. (Josee St-Onge/CBC) (with thanks to Josee St-Onge for permission to share her image and story)

In a response to an urgent phone call seeking Cree Language Program resources (of all kinds) for Grades 4-6, I began to assemble a list of current web resources, that is: nothing more than a year or two old. This collection should not be taken to be comprehensive – additions and corrections are always welcome – but maybe this list can help others as well. 

[Note that most of these resources reflect a general move towards standard spelling as the best way to support learning; a few are included primarily for cultural content despite inconsistent spelling.] 

Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission (Maskwacîs, Alberta)

https://www.maskwacised.ca/
(Be sure to look at their 2019 curriculum document, presented bilingually in Cree and English)

University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (St Paul, Alberta)

https://www.bluequills.ca/elders-2/

Blue Quills book list:

https://www.bluequills.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Book-List-Cree-Dene-Resources.pdf

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre

https://sicc.sk.ca/online-catalogue-2/

Cree Resource Unit, Lac La Ronge Indian Band Education (Lac La Ronge, SK)

https://llribedu.ca/cree-language-unit/

(“The Lac La Ronge Indian Band Education Department has recently changed the name of their curriculum resource unit known as the Gift of Language and Culture Project to Cree Resource Unit.”)

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

https://mfnerc.org/resources/

Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre (Sioux Lookout, Ontario)

https://www.kwayaciiwin.com/language-culture-resources-1

Privately offered resources (on the web, or through FaceBook)

Cree Language Resources (Ramona Washburn, Alberta)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/104500159643897/
(primarily syllabic resources)
email: nehiyawashburn@gmail.com)

Learn Cree with Andrea & Family (Andrea Custer, Prince Albert, SK)

https://www.learncreewithandrea.com/about

First Nation Stories (Charlie Venne, Lac La Ronge, SK)

https://firstnationstories.com/

(Charlie was the principle web developer for Gift of Language and Culture, currently under redevelopment Cree Resource Unit LLRIB)

Deschambault Learning (Celia Deschambeault, Cumberland House, SK)

https://www.facebook.com/deschambeault.learning.16

 

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