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.

Cree Language makes the CBC National News (with #CreeSimonSays)

The story began last week of a Canadian comic book publisher, Joseph John, astonished to discover there was no Google Translate option for Cree. Perhaps it was the request of a genuine cultural “outsider” (a real Indian from India!) that … Continue reading

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âyâs, 2018, 2021: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these stories, which often serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important … Continue reading

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Becoming Proficient: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

okiskinwahamâkanak nikâh-kakîskimâwak: aniki kâ-nohtî-nîhithowîcik nohtâwîpan nikî-kiskinwahamâk ta-isi-tâpakwîyân. nikî-mîthik âpacihcikana ta-ohci-tâpakwâkiyân: cîkahikanis ta-kîskatahwakwâw miscikosak, tâpakwâniyâpiy, ikwa mohkomân ta-manisamân miscikosa ta-sihtoskahamân tâpakwân. nikî-kiskinohtahik ita ta-miskamân wâposo-mîskanâsa ikwa mîna ta-isi-nisitawinamân iyakoni. nikî-kiskinwahamâk ta-isi-othastâyân tâpakwâniyâpiy ikwa tânisi ta-isi-akotâyân wâposo-mîskanâsihk. nistam kâ-akotâyân wâposo-tâpakwân nikî-mamâthân mâka … Continue reading

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International Mother Language Day, 2021

okâwimâwi-pîkiskwêwin kîsikâw misiwêskamik ᐅᑳᐏᒫᐏ ᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᐣ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᒥᓯᐍᐢᑲᒥᐠ: International Mother Language Day This photo is an old one, from October 2010. It’s a Greyeyes/Ahenakew family treasure, shared here with pride. It’s also an image that captures for me and many of my … Continue reading

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MESC Learning Services Announces Syllabics for Chromebooks

Congratulations to Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission’s MESC Learning Services, and to all of our friends at University of Alberta’s AltLabs (especially you, Eddie Santos) on your collaboration with Google (through Software Engineer Craig Cornelius) to integrate Plains Cree syllabics into … Continue reading

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: Universal Soldier (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

In tribute to Buffy Sainte-Marie on her birthday, Solomon Ratt has prepared a Cree interpretation of her “Universal Soldier” (1964). We’ve presented it below in Sol’s karaoke video, and in text (to encourage others to read along, and maybe even … Continue reading

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Wayne Jackson: The One I Love (y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson for sharing the valentine he made for his wife Tracy this year. It’s a translation into Cree of the REM song, “The One I Love” – another great one for listening and singing along, and a … Continue reading

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Origin of the Moon (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is often the protagonist of these stories, which often serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important cultural … Continue reading

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Sacred Stories Heal, Final Zoom Session: 22 February 2021, 7pm CST

[updated 22 Feb, 7pm] To join live Zoom session, Click Here Passcode: 642920 Zoom sessions will take place each Monday in February: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Each session begins at 7pm Central Standard Time. (7pm in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 6pm … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk Eats his own Scab, 2020: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these stories, which often serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important … Continue reading

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