Six birds are currently vying to become the official bird of Regina. Dr Ryan Fisher, a curator at Royal Saskatchewan Museum, thought we should all know their names in Cree. We couldn’t agree more, so we are delighted to help. Without giving away which one is our favourite favourite, here are their names, in Cree (th-dialect) courtesy of Solomon Ratt:
|English||y-dialect (SRO)||y-dialect (syllabic)||th-dialect (SRO)||th-dialect (syllabic)|
|Black Capped Chickadee||picikîskosîs||ᐱᒋᑮᐢᑯᓰᐢ||miskomâskikanîsîs||ᒥᐢᑯᒫᐢᑭᑲᓃᓰᐢ|
|Red Breasted Nuthatch||mihkomâskikanêsîs*|
(*name proposed by Solomon Ratt)
Each of the six finalists is championed by its own (human) advocate(s), whose positions are being collected by CBC Regina’s Morning Edition (to be shared here as they’re collected).
Learn more about the contest at https://beheard.regina.ca/bird-city-regina.
Votes are being recorded at beheard.regina.ca the between 30 November and 10 December; the big reveal is expected around National Bird Day, 5 January 2024.
Here’s the list of six finalists, along with links to the champions who squawked, cheeped, or honked their praise via CBC Regina’s Morning Edition with Stephanie Langenegger: