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.

Education for Sustainable Development Award to Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms

Congratulations to Willie Ermine, Arzu Sardarli, Ida Swan and so many others involved in publishing this much-needed Mathematical Dictionary for Cree classrooms. That includes Solomon Ratt who took on the job of editing all of the terminology into reliable SRO … Continue reading

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A Little Prayer of Gratitude: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

ninanâskomon:kotak kîsikâw î-mîthikawiyân;î-mithwâyâyân;î-mithwâyâcik nicawâsimisak ikwa nôsisimak;î-kî-âstîpiyân kayâs;î-wâpahtamân kâ-mithonâkwahk askiyikwa î-pihtawakwâw pithîsîsak î-nikamocik. ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ:ᑯᑕᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐄ ᒦᖨᑲᐏᔮᐣ;ᐄ ᒥᙽᔮᔮᐣ;ᐄ ᒥᙽᔮᒋᐠ ᓂᒐᐚᓯᒥᓴᐠ ᐃᑿ ᓅᓯᓯᒪᐠ;ᐄ ᑮ ᐋᐢᑏᐱᔮᐣ ᑲᔮᐢ;ᐄ ᐚᐸᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑳ ᒥᖪᓈᑿᕽ ᐊᐢᑭᕀᐃᑿ ᐄ ᐱᐦᑕᐘᒁᐤ ᐱᖩᓰᓴᐠ ᐄ ᓂᑲᒧᒋᐠ᙮ I am grateful:to be given another day;that I am healthy;that my children and grandchildren are healthy;that … Continue reading

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Congratulations 2020 Grads! (audio)

Kids (of all ages) graduating this year have borne a special burden through pandemic and quarantine, home schools and unexpected distance learning. Now, as we enter the traditional season of graduation and celebration, we see our neighbours to the south … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Audio (y-dialect), Community News, Dolores Sand, Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays), Solomon Ratt, Wayne (Goodspirit) Jackson | 2 Comments

Black Lives Matter (with audio)

th-dialect form (for those who aren’t already on their way to protest!) kaskitîwithiniwak opimâtisiwiniwâw î-ispîthihtâkwanithik We choose kaskitêwiyiniwak, made up of kaskitê– meaning “black” (or “brown” in context), and iyiniwak (meaning people/living beings). The literal translation of opimâtisiwiniwâw is “all … Continue reading

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University of Saskatchewan Graduate Honour Song (y-dialect)

Thanks to Winona Wheeler for sharing this YouTube post from Media Production at University of Saskatchewan ( in honour of 2020 graduates, and congratulations to each one of them: We are all proud of your accomplishments and wish you great … Continue reading

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Language Teacher Training Opportunity

Thanks to Heather Souter for her personal endorsement of this general language teaching (non-Cree) program. Learn more online: Heather writes: My friend and mentor Tina Hargaden is offering scholarships to her Summer Institutes for teaching language. The focus is … Continue reading

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Simple Man: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

Skynyrd’s Simple Man in Nîhiyawîwin (Northern Cree Y dialect) Thank you, Art, for permitting us to share your new translation (and thank you, Sol, for editorial help!) Nice performance!  nimâmâ î-kî-wîhtamawitkâkî-apisîsisiyânôta wîtapamin kiya nikosiskwayask nitohta kâ-wîhtamâtânôtî nîkân ka-miyo-âpatantâpwîkiyâm piyahtik kâya … Continue reading

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In the Beginning (Bible Story): Dolores Sand (y-dialect)

Dolores Sand (aka “The Creeture”) prepared this video reading (and others) to share through the FaceBook group of Muskoday First Nation Community School.  This video presents a children’s version of the Bible’s Creation Story. The book, “In the Beginning,” is … Continue reading

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Caring: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nâkatohkêyimâwasowinᓈᑲᑐᐦᑫᔨᒫᐘᓱᐏᐣCaring “A well-spoken sentence in Aturan is a straight line pointing. A well-spoken sentence in Aden is like a spiderweb, each strand with a meaning of its own, a piece of something greater, more complex.” Patrick Rothfuss. Cree is like … Continue reading

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miyo-okâwîmâwi-kîsikanisik: Happy Mother’s Day 2020

kikâwînawak kikî-sâkihikonawak pâmwayês ê-nihtâwikiyahk.ᑭᑳᐑᓇᐘᐠ ᑭᑮ ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑯᓇᐘᐠ ᐹᒷᔦᐢ ᐁ ᓂᐦᑖᐏᑭᔭᕽ᙮Our mothers loved us before we were born. Thanks to Karlee Fellner, celebrating her first Mother’s Day-in-waiting, for allowing us to share this image she painted for her own unborn child. It reminds us … Continue reading

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