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.

tâpâhkômiwêwin “adopting others”: Darren Okemaysim (y-dialect)

I’m not sure what inspired this thought today from Darren Okemaysim, but it made me proud to feel that his words extend to me, and to Arok Wolvengrey, and our respective places in the extended adopted family of the late … Continue reading

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nôcokwêsiw kitânawêw: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

I’m not sure who prompted this fresh translation into Cree, but it’s lots of fun. Solomon Ratt’s video appears below, and the full text of the song appears below that. Have fun (and be careful what you swallow!)

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2020 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects – Final Version

2020 Calendar – Finalized and ready to print as of 12 September 2019 (thanks, Sol!) This post presents the updated calendar two ways: As a gallery of 12 images you can scroll through (click on each image to see it … Continue reading

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2020 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects

This post presents the updated calendar two ways: As a gallery of 12 images you can scroll through (click on each image to see it full size); As a PDF file to download and print for your own use. Click … Continue reading

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Live, Love, Laugh!

Thanks to Arok Wolvengrey for these new printables to greet the fall (and thanks to Chris Ravenis for use of her photo). I think we might add a fourth line that reads, “Share widely” (If you don’t have access to … Continue reading

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Kokum Rap: Maria Campbell, Rita Bouvier, Maxine Roy, Louise Halfe with Zoey Roy

This fabulous video has had nearly 8,000 YouTube views since it was first posted earlier this month. These kokums are going viral (and we can all help)!  The rap features power-poets and power-kokums: Maria Campbell, Rita Bouvier, Maxine Roy and … Continue reading

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Google Earth Celebrates Indigenous Languages – Including Cree

United Nations Day of Indigenous Peoples – 9 August 2019 – launched a worldwide tribute to Indigenous Languages through Google Earth and its story-telling tool, Voyager. The project, titled “Celebrating Indigenous Languages” encourages users to “Meet Indigenous Speakers and Learn … Continue reading

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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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