Author Archives: Arden Ogg

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.

kâhkâkiw: The Common Raven (th-dialect)

The raven’s call may be familiar to many, but Cree Literacy followers will immediately recognize the call of our favourite th-dialect speaker, Solomon Ratt, in this newly dubbed narration. (Read the CBC news announcement here.)  Congratulations to Hinterland Who’s Who … Continue reading

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Towards a Cree Listening Library: Francis Saysewehum and Sylvia McAdam (Saysewehum)

Today we join our prayers for the health of  Elder Francis Saysewehum with those of his daughter Sylvia McAdam Saysewehum and her many friends and followers. Sylvia, who is known around the world as a founder of Idle No More, … Continue reading

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Teaching Fractions: Barry Ahenakew

Math concepts in Cree are particularly important for immersion classrooms, but they’re not often addressed in language textbooks. Thanks to Elder Barry L. Ahenakew for sharing this lesson on fractions. Other numbers can be turned into fractional denominators by adding … Continue reading

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Wâhkôhtowin: A Cree Way of Living (Andrea Smith, The Tyee)

In a portfolio of four pieces, journalist Andrea Smith does some beautiful writing about the Cree idea of wâhkôhtowin. The Tyee – in which the pieces were published – defines itself as “a widely read and respected platform for the … Continue reading

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National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

A collection of the traditional Cree terms for Cree groups and their neighbours – though through 21st century enlightenment – and decolonization – we try to honour our neighbours by using the names they prefer for themselves!  (Thanks, Sol, for … Continue reading

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Summary Paradigm Tables: The Decoder Ring of Cree Verbs (y- and th-dialects)

In English, we don’t waste much time with verb conjugations. We can cover almost every possibility (for the simple present, at least) with just one rule: “For 3rd person singular subjects (he/she/it), add an S to the verb stem.” Try … Continue reading

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When we had Sled Dogs (th-dialect, audio)

The Cree-only read-along video that follows below is a gift we can share here in memory of Salamô omisipana: Solomon Ratt’s late older sister. First cousins according to English kinship rules, having mothers who were sisters made Sol and Ida … Continue reading

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Worried Buffalo: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

When we think of all the things the Buffalo provided to Plains Cree people, the first thing we usually think of is mîcim: food, especially in the form of paskwâwi-mostosowiyâs: buffalo meat. With this “Worried Buffalo” sketch, Solomon Ratt gathers … Continue reading

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Congratulations Graduates, 2019

2019 graduates come in all shapes and sizes: we’re proud of every single one! kahkiyaw kâ-sâposkamêk kikiskinwahamâkosiwiniwâwa kimamihcihinân! kikistêyimâwâwak kiwâhkômâkiniwâwak. ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑲᓴᐳᐢᑲᒣᐠ ᑭᑭᐢᑭᓇᐧᐦᐊᒪᑯᓯᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐊᐧ ᑭᒪᒥᐦᒋᐦᐃᓇᐣ! ᑐ ᐊ ᐅ ᔪᐊ ᑲᑕᐊᑎᐣᐠ ᐅᒼ ᐢᒍᐅ ᔪᐊ ᒪᑫ ᐊᐢ ᐳᐊᐟ! ᑭᑭᐢᑌᔨᒫᐚᐘᐠ ᑭᐚᐦᑰᒫᑭᓂᐚᐘᐠ᙮ To all of … Continue reading

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From the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion (y-dialect, audio

Harry Raine, a Maskwacis Cree elder of the Louis Bull Tribe, brought the Cree language to Juno beach in Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-day 6 June 2019, and the Battle of Normandy. In honour of the fallen, … Continue reading

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