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.

Solomon Ratt: Perpetual Calendar based on Lunar Cycles (y- and th-dialects)

Beautiful teamwork – concept and vocabulary from Solomon Ratt, graphic image by Celia Deschambaults. Names of weekdays thanks to Arok Wolvengrey. Posted here with thanks to all three. This perpetual calendar has 13 moon cycles and six seasons. Months (on … Continue reading

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Moose Cree Talking Dictionary

I was gifted copies of this dictionary in print by a community member – it’s a beauty. I’m excited to hear the audio now as well (and understand why Moose Cree friends laugh at my pronunciation of sâkahikan, among other … Continue reading

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2018: pimihâwipîsim / ᐱᒥᐦᐋᐏᐲᓯᒼ / October

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2018 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. 2018Calendar

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kahkiyaw awâsisak sâkihâwak: All Children are Loved

Thanks to Tammy Joan Ratt and her little sweetie for permission to use this FaceBook image. She commented there: “We hurt becuz our family has been hurt. We feel it in our hearts and lives everyday. It is real. We … Continue reading

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Free Online: Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin by Jean L. Okimāsis

Wonderful news from Arok Wolvengrey and Cree Literacy Network Honorary Founder Jean Okimâsis. Her classic title is now available online for “open access” – which means everyone is welcome to download a copy for their own use. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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2018: nôcihitowipîsim / ᓅᒋᐦᐃᑐᐏᐲᓯᒼ / September

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2018 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. 2018Calendar

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Master-Apprentice Michif Language Program

Thanks to Heather Souter – and congratulations – as she helps launch this new Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program in Dauphin. Read the full story from the Brandon Sun here: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/indigenous-language-program-launching-in-dauphin-490421351.html

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A prayer to the four directions: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, y-dialect)

th-dialect: kisîmanitow, kinanâskomitin kotak kîsikâw î-mithiyan mâci-kîsikanohk isi nimawimôstamowâw mikisiw-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât oskawâsisa ikwa kita-mîthit sîpîthihtamowin. nipakitinâw cistîmâw; sâwanohk isi nimawimôstamowâw âpakosîs-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât oskâya ikwa kita-mîthit kisîwâtisowin. nipakitinîn paskwâwihkaskwa; pahkisimonihk isi nimawimôstamowâw paskwâwimostos-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât okîsohpikiwa ikwa kita-mîthit sîpiyawîsiwin. nipakitinîn wîhkaskwa; kîwîtinohk … Continue reading

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Canoe Terminology (y-dialect)

In July 2018, Kevin Lewis led a group of University of Saskatchewan students for a day of paddling at Pike Lake, Saskatchewan. Most were students in his Education Curriculum class, part of the UofS Indigenous Language Certificate program – but … Continue reading

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Regina Planning Commission Announces Okimâsis Park

mistahi nitakahkêyihtênân ôma. kinwês kî-ay-atoskâtam onêhiyawêwin Dr. Jean Okimâsis. This is wonderful news. Dr. Jean Okimâsis has worked on her Cree language for many years, including teaching at SIFC/FNUniv for 20 years, honorary co-founder of the Cree Literacy Network, and … Continue reading

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