Solomon Ratt Receives the Order of Canada

We are a little over the moon this morning to announce that our great friend and colleague Solomon Ratt has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Mary Simon. The short form of his citation reads as follows:

Solomon Ratt, C.M., S.O.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Storyteller, educator and author Solomon Ratt is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the Cree language through his literacy materials and teachings grounded in traditional cultural values. He is a retired associate professor at the First Nations University of Canada, where he helped develop the first bachelor’s degree in Cree language studies. He is a primary contributor to the Cree Literacy Network, and his publications serve as a cornerstone for language education throughout western Canada and beyond.

kimamihcihinân. tâpwê ê-kaskihtamâsoyan!

ᑭᒪᒥᐦᒋᐦᐃᓈᐣ. ᑖᐻ ᐁ ᑲᐢᑭᐦᑕᒫᓱᔭᐣ!

You make us proud. Truly you deserve this! 

Here’s the full official announcement from the office of the Governor General, including a link to the very impressive list of appointees. 

We also send warm congratulations to Christi Belcourt, a friend of Cree Literacy, and to Tina Keeper. We are especially proud to see you all in the same cohort. 

“The Order of Canada recognizes individuals who have made positive and lasting impacts on communities here in Canada or who have brought honour to our country abroad. As we progress towards an Order that is reflective of Canada’s full diversity, I encourage all Canadians to nominate individuals who inspire them, from all walks of life and backgrounds. Congratulations to the new appointees and thank you to the nominators who cast a spotlight on their achievement, purpose and exceptional talent.”

#GGSimon is honoured to announce the appointment of 1 Companion, 16 Officers, 2 Honorary Officers, and 64 Members to the #OrderOfCanada.

To learn more about the outstanding contributions of these individuals, visit:


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  1. Congratulations to Solomon Ratt for receiving the Order of Canada for his work in preserving our language and providing materials to ensure it continues to form the cornerstone of our cultural pride! I am so grateful for your work and also for the people who worked with you in this extremely important aspect in maintaining our self-identity and pride in our ancestry.

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