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.

Regina opens Jean Okimâsis Park

Congratulations to the forever-young Dr Jean Okimâsis whose groundbreaking work in the classroom at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now First Nations University) inspired the careers of so many fine “Creechers” including Solomon Ratt, Wayne Jackson, Darren Okemaysim and many, many … Continue reading

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“kitâskwêw, pihtakwatâw!*” It’s Hockey Day in Cree!

*itâskwêw, pihtakwatâw! = ᐃᑖᐢᑵᐤ, ᐱᐦᑕᑿᑖᐤ! ᐀ He shoots, he scores! The excitement on social media about today’s NHL Hockey broadcast in Cree is pretty hard to ignore. Some of our favourite commentators were up at the crack of dawn this … Continue reading

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My language is respected: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect), Respect: Arok Wolvengrey (y-dialect)

Julia Ouellette of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan challenged her fellow Cree speakers on FaceBook last week to post a video of themselves on FaceBook in the Cree language. This post includes responses to the challenge from Solomon Ratt, and from Arok … Continue reading

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Three Little Birds (Bob Marley): y-dialect

Maybe it’s Solomon Ratt’s photo in a crocheted Rastafarian hat, maybe it’s because Spring is finally springing, but I was reminded of this great Bob Marley song that might be perfect for a whole bunch of tiny Cree immersion students … Continue reading

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Another NHL Connection: Congratulations Brady Keeper!

And congratulations to Pimicikamak Cree Nation as Brady signed with the Florida Panthers on March 19, 2019. Brady: we wish you a long, healthy, successful career in the NHL. tahkahkih, Brady: ahkamêyimo! (But you’re obviously already pretty good at that!) … Continue reading

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kakîpâtisak: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

kî-kakwî-nipahtâwak nipîkiskwîwinispî kâ-kî-kiskinwahamawicik;kakîpâtisak!nikî-kiskinwahamawikwaktânisi kita-isi-pasikôhtâyân anima kâ-kî-nâspitihkwâmiskahkwâw.  ᑮ ᑲᑹ ᓂᐸᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑮ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒪᐏᒋᐠ;ᑲᑮᐹᑎᓴᐠ!ᓂᑮ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒪᐏᑿᐠᑖᓂᓯ ᑭᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐸᓯᑰᐦᑖᔮᐣ ᐊᓂᒪ ᑳ ᑮ ᓈᐢᐱᑎᐦᒁᒥᐢᑲᐦᒁᐤ᙮ They tried to kill my languageWhen they were educating me:The fools!They taught me how to raiseThat which has been in a … Continue reading

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Eugene Cardinal: In Memoriam

Thanks to Viper Nayawatic for sharing his video of late Eugene Cardinal (below), singing the Cree Sunrise Song. It’s a lovely way to honour our late Elder who left us in January of this year, after giving so much to … Continue reading

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Fragments of Reality: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:âcathohkîwina masinahikanihkkâ-kî-mâwasakonahkwâw opîtatowîwak;namôtha iyakoni misakâmî âcathohkîwina,pah-piskihc poko tâpwîwina. pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:nîsta mîna nikiskisin apisîs ikwa pah-piskihc âcathohkîwina;namôthah misakâmî âcathohkîwina iyakoni,pah-piskihc poko tâpwîwina. pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:ta-apihkîyahk âcathohkîwinamasinahikanihk ohci mîna kikiskisnowininahk;mâmawi-atoskîyahki kika-misakâmî-astânaw âcathohkîwina,namôtha poko pah-piskihc tâpwîwina. ᐸᐦ ᐱᐢᑭᐦᐨ ᑖᐿᐏᓇ:ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᕽᑳ ᑮ ᒫᐘᓴᑯᓇᐦᒁᐤ ᐅᐲᑕᑐᐑᐘᐠ;ᓇᒨᖬ ᐃᔭᑯᓂ ᒥᓴᑳᒦ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ,ᐸᐦ ᐱᐢᑭᐦᐨ … Continue reading

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Joe Fafard: oskana kâ-asastêki 

I’m sad to learn of the passing of Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard. My all-time favourite piece of his is called “Oskana” – the Cree word for “bones”. The name is a clever pun on the old Cree name for Regina: … Continue reading

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A Meditation for Smudging: Pearleen Kanewopasikot (y-dialect)

nimiyāhkasēn niskīsikwa, ta-wāpahtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nikot, ta-miyahtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nitōn, kwayask ta-isi-pīkiskwēyān.nimiyāhkasēn nihtawakaya, ta-pēhtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nistikwan, kwayask ta-isi-māmitonēyihtamān. ninanāskomon, ninanāskomon, ninanāskomon. ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑲᐧ,  ᑕ ᐋᐧᐸᐦᑕᒫᐣ  ᑮᑲᐧᔭ  ᑳ ᒥᔮᐧᓯᑭ᙮ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᑯᐟ,  ᑕ  ᒥᔭᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑮᑿᔭ ᑳ ᒥᔼᓯᑭ᙮ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᑑᐣ,  ᑲᐧᔭᐢᐠ  ᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐲᑭᐢᑫᐧᔮᐣ᙮ ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  … Continue reading

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