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
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:
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 Parents, written 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 Creetranslated by Dorothy Thunder will be coming out by Christmas. Watch for it!)
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.
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!)