2021 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects

2021 Cree Calendar – A gift for all of us from Solomon Ratt.

Click here to download a copy you can print for yourself! Cree Language Calendar 2021

Note that the PDF pages are designed for legal size paper (8.5×14″). We like to ask the printer for 24lb paper, and add a spiral binding across the top.

Besides the PDF for download, we are also presenting the calendar as a gallery of individual pages:

  • Click on the forward and back arrows to find the month you want;
  • Right-click on the image to view it at full size.

You can also listen as Sol reads the the text shown on various calendar pages in the following audio file. Both y- and th-dialect variants are included.

If you scroll past the page images, you will also find recordings of standard calendar terms, including months, days of the week and moon phases (in y- and th-dialects).

Continue reading

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New nêhiyawêwin Classroom Materials from Blue Quills

What a fabulous surprise to receive this treasure in the mail from University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills and its Cree Language Program Language Resource Developer, Tina Wellman. A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating this collection:

Cree classroom teachers will be especially pleased with the UnBQ Lesson Plan Kit ($40) that includes:

  • Flash cards (photographic, full-colour ~ 5×7″)
  • Memory game cards (that can also be used for “Go Fish”)
  • 2 Lesson Plan books (12 lessons each, including vocabulary, activities and games)
    • wâposo-tâpakwêwin (Rabbit Snaring)
    • pipon mîciwin êkwa pipon mêtawêwina (Winter Food and Winter Games)
  • USB stick loaded with
    • printable/handout material
    • 4 videos that compliment lesson plans and handouts.
  • Be sure to ask about corresponding storybooks, which are sold separately.

A complete set of the twelve newest books can also be purchased as a set for $40.

A complete catalog list (including grade level and pricing) can be found here:


Send your orders (and questions) by email to: store@bluequills.ca. Be sure to include your name and address!

(Note: Cree Literacy Network is not involved in sale or distribution of these materials, but sends warm congratulations to all involved in their creation.)

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A man who cooks: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

Some universal truths are worth re-stating in Cree. This is one Dorothy Thunder and I both happen to endorse with a big “tâpwê êêêê wâhay wâhay!”

Thank you, Wayne Jackson, for letting me share it, and adding audio. Hope it gets those irresistible men some of the attention they deserve! lol! 

nâpêw kâ-nihtâ-piminawasot ê-akâwâtiht; mâka nâpêw kâ-kâsiyâkanêt sôskwâc namoya ê-kî-nakinisohk

ᓈᐯᐤ ᑳ ᓂᐦᑖ ᐱᒥᓇᐘᓱᐟ ᐁ ᐊᑳᐚᑎᐦᐟ; ᒫᑲ ᓈᐯᐤ ᑳ ᑳᓯᔮᑲᓀᐟ ᓲᐢᒁᐨ ᓇᒧᔭ ᐁ ᑮ ᓇᑭᓂᓱᕽ

A man who cooks is attractive; A man who does the dishes is irresistible. 


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Covid Safety Reminder: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)


kikiskamohkan âkohkwênikanêkin: kihcêyim kiwîci-ayisiyiniw kâ-itohtêyan ayisiyinînahk.

ᑭᑭᐢᑲᒧᐦᑲᐣ ᐋᑯᐦᑵᓂᑲᓀᑭᐣ: ᑭᐦᒉᔨᒼ ᑭᐑᒋ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓂᐤ ᑳ ᐃᑐᐦᑌᔭᐣ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓃᓇᕽ᙮

Wear mouth covering: be considerate of people when you go out where people are. 

(Since the jury is still out on a suitable word for mouth-and-nose covering mask, Sol has gone with the verb for covering.) We all know the principle! Stay safe! 

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Hot off the Press: Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents (Solomon Ratt: y-dialect)

The latest language preservation publication from Patricia Ningewance Nadeau’s Mazinaate Inc will soon be a must-have all across the prairies. I was proud to pick up mine straight from the publisher last night. 

Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents: A Phrasebook for Nearly All Occasions, is full of useful phrases and vocabulary for parents and children talking, learning, feeling and playing together at home, on the land, at the powwow, or out in the big wide world. Filled with Plains Cree content provided by Solomon Ratt, you know it’s gonna be great! 

Not yet listed on the Mazinaate website, the book sells for $20 plus postage.

To order:
Send an Email with your name and postal address to:


They will be in touch. 

This new title is modelled closely after the popular Pocket Ojibwe for Kids and Parentswritten by Winnipeg’s Trevor Greyeyes and Maeengan Linklater, and translated into Ojibwe by Patricia Ningewance Nadeau. 


(Even more great news from Pat: The adult version Pocket Cree translated by Dorothy Thunder will be coming out by Christmas. Watch for it!) 

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Overcoming Erasure: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

kêkâc ê-kî-wanihtâyahk kinêhiyawinaw mâka sohkâtisiwin ê-kî-miyikôsiyahk. kâwi ka-pasakônênaw anima kêkâc kâ-kî-kâsêhâhkik.

ᑫᑳᐨ ᐁ ᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᑖᔭᕽ ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐏᓇᐤ ᒫᑲ ᓱᐦᑳᑎᓯᐏᐣ ᐁ ᑮ ᒥᔨᑰᓯᔭᕽ᙮ ᑳᐏ ᑲ ᐸᓴᑰᓀᓇᐤ ᐊᓂᒪ ᑫᑳᐨ ᑳ ᑮ ᑳᓭᐦᐋᐦᑭᐠ᙮

A powerful observation for National Indigenous People’s Day 2020. Thanks, Wayne! 

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National Indigenous People’s Day 2020 (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

kâwitha nakata ithiniwâtisiwin:
kapî ka-wîcîwikon;
kapî ka-wîcihikon.

tîpithahk acithaw nakata wanîwitowin:

kipihtowîwinihk ka-pihtawâwak kitâniskô-wâhkômâkaninawak


ᑳᐏᖬ ᓇᑲᑕ ᐃᖨᓂᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ:
ᑲᐲ ᑲ ᐑᒌᐏᑯᐣ;
ᑲᐲ ᑲ ᐑᒋᐦᐃᑯᐣ᙮

ᑏᐱᖬᕽ ᐊᒋᖬᐤ ᓇᑲᑕ ᐘᓃᐏᑐᐏᐣ:

ᑭᐱᐦᑐᐑᐏᓂᕽ ᑲ ᐱᐦᑕᐚᐘᐠ ᑭᑖᓂᐢᑰ ᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓇᐘᐠ
ᐄ ᐋᒐᖫᑳᑎᑯᔭᐦᒁᐤ᙮


Don’t leave First Nations traditions behind:
They will always accompany you;
They will always help you.

Just for a bit leave the noisy confusion behind:
Be quiet!

In the silence you will hear Our ancestors
Telling us sacred stories.

It is quiet and peaceful.

Click for past posts in honour of National Indigenous People’s Day:


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Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms – Free Download

Sincere thanks to Arzu Sardarli who has given us permission on behalf of his team to share their award-winning Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms for Elementary School as a free downloadable PDF. This first-of-its-kind mathematical dictionary is especially valuable to teachers (and students!) working in an immersion environment.

English mathematical terminology was gathered from various math curriculum documents, explained and/or paraphrased in English, and then rendered in Cree by master speakers: 

  • Elder Jerry Saddleback (Northern Plains y-dialect speaker from Maskwacîs, Alberta)
  • Willie Ermine (Plains Cree y-dialect speaker from Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan)
  • Ida Swan (Woods Cree th-dialect speaker from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan).

Solomon Ratt (who is both a master speaker and master speller) provided essential SRO editorial assistance. 

Since all available print copies were immediately distributed to Cree classrooms, we are very proud to host this PDF link to help expand its reach.

Click here to download your own copy: Cree Dictionary of Mathematics Terms for Elementary Classes

Thanks to Arzu for also posting the RCE Award presentation on YouTube, including his description of how the dictionary came about:

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Education for Sustainable Development Award to Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms

Congratulations to Willie Ermine, Arzu Sardarli, Ida Swan and so many others involved in publishing this much-needed Mathematical Dictionary for Cree classrooms. That includes Solomon Ratt who took on the job of editing all of the terminology into reliable SRO spelling.

The book has now been recognized with the 2020 Lyle Benko Future Generations Award.

While all available print copies were immediately distributed to Cree classrooms, I was very fortunate to receive a copy for my own library. Perhaps at some point the team might consent to share this resource online in PDF form (we at CLN would certainly be proud to host it!)

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A Little Prayer of Gratitude: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Photo credit: Solomon Ratt

kotak kîsikâw î-mîthikawiyân;
î-mithwâyâcik nicawâsimisak ikwa nôsisimak;
î-kî-âstîpiyân kayâs;
î-wâpahtamân kâ-mithonâkwahk askiy
ikwa î-pihtawakwâw pithîsîsak î-nikamocik.

ᑯᑕᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐄ ᒦᖨᑲᐏᔮᐣ;
ᐄ ᒥᙽᔮᔮᐣ;
ᐄ ᒥᙽᔮᒋᐠ ᓂᒐᐚᓯᒥᓴᐠ ᐃᑿ ᓅᓯᓯᒪᐠ;
ᐄ ᑮ ᐋᐢᑏᐱᔮᐣ ᑲᔮᐢ;
ᐄ ᐚᐸᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑳ ᒥᖪᓈᑿᕽ ᐊᐢᑭᕀ
ᐃᑿ ᐄ ᐱᐦᑕᐘᒁᐤ ᐱᖩᓰᓴᐠ ᐄ ᓂᑲᒧᒋᐠ᙮

I am grateful:
to be given another day;
that I am healthy;
that my children and grandchildren are healthy;
that I sobered up long ago;
to see the beauty in the world
and hear the singing birds.

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