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.

Standing Witness: Poundmaker’s Exoneration 23 May 2019

“Before the Battle of Cut Knife, Poundmaker led his band members to Fort Battleford to both reaffirm their relationship with the Crown and press for fair treatment. But neither government officials nor the RCMP would emerge from the fort”. We … Continue reading

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This Land is Your Land: Laura Burnouf (audio, y-dialect)

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Know What You Throw: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Read along with this Say it First video. Say it First books are designed for children, and translated in a whole range of Indigenous languages. This translation into Woodlands Cree (th-dialect), and audio were prepared by Solomon Ratt, but this … Continue reading

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Gardening Vocabulary (y-dialect)

In Winnipeg, the May long weekend is when the bedding plants are finally considered safe from frost: seems like a good time for gardening terms! Thanks to Solomon Ratt for corresponding audio: listen as you read the list! 

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Exonerating Poundmaker: The role of late Tyrone Tootoosis, Sr (y-dialect, audio)

The late Tyrone Tootoosis was the great-great-grandson of Yellow Mudblanket (osâwasiskîwakohp), who was a brother of Poundmaker (pîhtokahânapiwiyin). The exoneration of Poundmaker (scheduled for 23 May 2019) was a goal that Tyrone would have loved to see. Tyrone’s legacy is … Continue reading

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miyo okâwîmâwi-kîsikanisik: Happy Mother’s Day

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The Freshwater Turtle: Hinterland Who’s Who (th-dialect)

Another re-dubbing of Hinterland Who’s Who into Woodlands Cree by Ken Paupanekis: this time the Freshwater Turtle. Click “play” on the video and read along! kâ–pihkahk nipiy ohci miskinâhkwak (kâ–postawêt-pisiskiw) kâwitha ka-pakaciwithikon ôma ‘nipiy’ kâ-itwâniwik. kiyâm âta  kâ-pihkahk nipiy miskinâhkwak … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Exoneration Ceremony, May 2019

Let’s honour him by remembering his name in Cree: pîhtokahânapiwiyin (literally,  “he who sit at the [buffalo] pound”). Deep respect and congratulations to everyone at Poundmaker Cree Nation who has helped make this happen by petitioning for the exoneration of … Continue reading

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Behind the Blindfold: Lanaya Houle, translated by Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

Today is National Awareness Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.anohc misiwêskamik kitaskînâhk ka-kiskisitotawâyahkok kâ-wanihihcik êkwa kâ-nipahihcik iskwêwak êkwa iskwêsisak. ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᒥᓯᐍᐢᑲᒥᐠ ᑭᑕᐢᑮᓈᕽ ᑲ ᑭᐢᑭᓯᑐᑕᐚᔭᐦᑯᐠ ᑳ ᐘᓂᐦᐃᐦᒋᐠ ᐁᑿ ᑳ ᓂᐸᐦᐃᐦᒋᐠ ᐃᐢᑵᐘᐠ ᐁᑿ ᐃᐢᑵᓯᓴᐠ᙮ #NationalDayofAwareness #MMIW #MMNWG Behind the blindfoldThe blindfold dehumanizes most murder victims. … Continue reading

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National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: 5 May 2019

To honour the day, and the depth of heartbreak if represents, here is a poem by Chief Billy Joe Laboucan, written in honour of his late daughter Bella. Perhaps one day he’ll share his own reading. Today it seems just … Continue reading

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