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.

Rock Your Mocs Week, 9-16 November 2019

takahkiska kipahkêkinaskisina. ᑕᑲᐦᑭᓴᑲ ᑭᐸᐦᑫᑭᓇᐢᑭᓇ᙮ Look good wearing your moccasins.   cihkêyihta ta-kikiskaman kipahkêkinaskisina. ᒋᐦᑫᔨᐦᑕ ᑕᑭᑭᐢᑲᒪᐣ ᑭᐸᐦᑫᑭᓇᐢᑭᓇ᙮Be happy to wear your moccasins.  We love the whole idea of “Rock your Mocs” as to reminder to embrace and celebrate Indigenous heritage by showing … Continue reading

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SICC Language Keepers Conference 2019

It’s been quite a few years since I attended the annual SICC Language Keepers conference. It’s fabulous to see how it continues to grow, now under the leadership of Wanda Wilson and her dedicated staff. Some estimated 1000 people in … Continue reading

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A Cree Reminiscence from WWI: Rev. Canon Edward Ahenakew

From the January 29, 1921 issue of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune (held in the digital collections of the University of Manitoba Archives), comes a Battle Ballad written by Rev. Canon Edward Ahenakew, looking back on the First World War.  Ahenakew … Continue reading

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Honouring Indigenous Veterans 2019

In honour of Indigenous Veterans Day, and of Remembrance Day coming up, I am proud to share this photo of Edward Ahenakew, given to me by his granddaughter Elaine Greyeyes. Edward was born at Atahkahkoop, SK, and named for his … Continue reading

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Prayer for Protectors: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nimawimostamawâwak kahkiyaw kâ-nâkatêyihtahkik kinipîminaw êkwa kitaskinâw. hay hay ᓂᒪᐏᒧᐢᑕᒪᐚᐘᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑳ ᓈᑲᑌᔨᐦᑕᐦᑭᐠ ᑭᓂᐲᒥᓇᐤ ᐁᑿ ᑭᑕᐢᑭᓈᐤ᙮ ᐦᐊᕀ ᐦᐊᕀ I pray for all who take care of our water and our land, hay hay.

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For Darren Okemaysim: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kâ-wanihitahk nikî-wanihânân nitôtêminân nikî-wanihânân niwîcêwâkaninân nikî-wanihânân niwâhkômâkaninân nikî-wanihânân nîtisâninân kîsinâcipayiw kika-kwêtawêyimitinân kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawân kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawascikân kikî-nihtâ-kiskinwahamâkân kikî-nihtâ-itwêstamâkân kâ-winihtahk nikî-wanihânân tahkahki-iyiniw awîna mâka? awîna mâka? awîna mâka? awîna mâka takî-âniski-atoskâtahk kitatoskêwin? ᑳ ᐘᓂᐦᐃᑕᕽ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᑑᑌᒥᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐑᒉᐚᑲᓂᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓃᑎᓵᓂᓈᐣ ᑮᓯᓈᒋᐸᔨᐤ ᑭᑲ ᑵᑕᐍᔨᒥᑎᓈᐣ ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᐣ … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Darren Okemaysim – Blessings (y-dialect)

There is sad news today of the passing of Darren Okemaysim at the age of 53. miyo-pimohtêho, nitôtêm: Travel well, my friend. May the ancestors greet you with joy.  (Find the official obituary here.)  We were blessed to have Darren … Continue reading

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A quote from Gary Zukov: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for translating this hopeful, positive thought from American spiritual teacher Gary Zukay into y-dialect.  kîspin kipakosêyimon nawac ta-sâkihitohk êkwa nawac ta-kisêwâtisihk ôta askîhk, kiya nîkân sâkihiwê êkwa kisêwâtisi; kîspin kipakosêyimon ta-âstamipayik kostâciwin ôta askîhk âstamipayihtâ kiya … Continue reading

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Unifying Written Inuktitut: Choosing Standard Spelling to Support Language Retention

What does a 21st-century Indigenous language sound like? How does it use print to promote literacy and help sustain itself? These questions are the foundation of everything we do at the Cree Literacy Network. Who knew the Inuit have been … Continue reading

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My Heart Fills with Happiness: 550,000 Books in Plains Cree distributed across Canada

My heart fills with happiness whenever I see the artwork of Governor General’s award-winning illustrator Julie Flett. It swells just a little more to count Julie among the friends of Literacy, Cree language revitalization, and the use of consistent standard … Continue reading

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