Solomon Ratt Awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit

It is with tremendous pride and delight that we learned today that Solomon Ratt – the one and only Solsquatch – has been named to the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, along with five other prominent community leaders. While we at the Cree Literacy Network have the opportunity to watch and learn from Sol every day, it is especially gratifying to see him recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan for his inexhaustible contributions to Cree language reclamation, revitalization and resurgence.

tâpwê ê-kaskihtamâsot

ᑖᐻ ᐁ ᑲᐢᑭᐦᑕᒫᓱᐟ

Truly, he has earned it for himself / He is truly deserving.

Also remarkable: the medal will be presented in November by a Cree-speaking Lieutenant Governor, Russ Mirasty.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2021/october/14/2021-saskatchewan-order-of-merit-recipients-announced

tâpwê kihci! kimamihcihinân!

ᑖᐻ ᑭᐦᒋ! ᑭᒪᒥᐦᒋᐦᐃᓈᐣ!

Truly great! You make us proud.

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11 Responses

  1. Congratulations Solomon. The award is a long time coming. But on the other hand your passion for Cree was never about awards It was always simply about loving our language.

  2. What a wonderful acknowledgement of the work and talents of Sol. He has truly made a major impact in the revival of our Cree language. Enjoy the tribute Sol-you deserve this award! kinanskomitin!

  3. Congratulation Soloman. I am so grateful for you and the work you have have done all of your life to keep our language and so generously share and teach it. We are all so blessed as are our children.

  4. Congratulations Sol!! A wider recognition of your knowledge of the Cree language, talent and ingenuity displayed in using social media.

  5. Congratulations grampa sol! You may not remember me but I’m late Jude Ratts grandson. We’ve met at my late granny Sally Ratts funeral. You’ve inspired me to strive for knowledge as an indigenous representative those many years ago. Good to know you’re doing well.

    P.s I am currently a student at the University of Regina as a first year (as you suggested lol), hoping to see you around in the coming years!

    Best regards,

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