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.

asastîwa “they are in piles” Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

ay-asastîwa kithâskiwin ispî awasimî awâsisak î-miskawihcik wâtihkânihk oskaniwâwa î-asastîthiki. ᐊᔭᓴᐢᑏᐘ ᑭᖭᐢᑭᐏᐣ ᐃᐢᐲ ᐊᐘᓯᒦ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ ᐄ ᒥᐢᑲᐏᐦᒋᐠ ᐚᑎᐦᑳᓂᕽ ᐅᐢᑲᓂᐚᐘ ᐄ ᐊᓴᐢᑏᖨᑭ᙮ Lies pile up as more children are found in graves their bones in piles on top of each other. Image: @timspikedavis scatteredthoughtscartoons.com

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ninanâskomon / I am grateful: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

ninanâskomon: thôtin î-cîmit nanwahk; kimiwan î-sâpopîskâkoyân; maskosiya î-kitakisitîskâkoyân; pîsim î-kisôskawit. ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ: ᖫᑎᐣ ᐄ ᒌᒥᐟ ᓇᓌᕽ; ᑭᒥᐘᐣ ᐄ ᓵᐳᐲᐢᑳᑯᔮᐣ; ᒪᐢᑯᓯᔭ ᐄ ᑭᑕᑭᓯᑏᐢᑳᑯᔮᐣ; ᐲᓯᒼ ᐄ ᑭᓲᐢᑲᐏᐟ᙮ I am grateful: the wind kisses me on my cheek; the rain soaks me; the grass tickles my feet; the … Continue reading

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2021 FNUC Valedictory Address: Darian Agecoutay (âcikahtê)

Congratulations and thanks to Darian Âcikahtê for permitting us to share text from the Cree portion of his Valedictory address at yesterday’s First Nations University 2021 Graduation. Listen and enjoy his confidence and fluency as you read along, then scroll … Continue reading

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Do you wonder? Solomon Ratt ( th-, y-dialects)

kîsikohk cî mâna kititâpin ispî kâ-tipiskâk ta-mâmaskâtacik acâhkosak? ᑮᓯᑯᕽ ᒌ ᒫᓇ ᑭᑎᑖᐱᐣ ᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑎᐱᐢᑳᐠ ᑕ ᒫᒪᐢᑳᑕᒋᐠ ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓴᐠ? Do you look to the sky at night to wonder about the stars? Photo credit: Teddy Kelly https://www.goodfreephotos.com/other-landscapes/stars-above-the-mountains.jpg.php (But Sol promises an equivalent shot from … Continue reading

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Our Muslim Siblings

niwîci-ayamihâmânânak nîcisâninânak môslimak nikitimâkeyimânânak nîcisâninânak môslimak ᓂᐑᒋ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᒫᓈᓇᐠ ᓃᒋᓵᓂᓈᓇᐠ ᒨᐢᓬᐃᒪᐠ ᓂᑭᑎᒫᑫᔨᒫᓈᓇᐠ ᓃᒋᓵᓂᓈᓇᐠ ᒨᐢᓬᐃᒪᐠ We pray with our Muslim siblings We grieve with our Muslim siblings [lit., We offer our condolences to our Muslim siblings] (Thanks to Kevin Brousseau and Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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Angels: 215 >, 1820 – 1979 “The Past is Always Our Present”

We are honoured to share this new poem by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Louise Bernice Halfe written with love and respect for the children found in Kamloops and the families they left behind. We offer it both in its original … Continue reading

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kâ-kisîwêk: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kikî-kakwê-kipihtowêwikonawak: —kî-misiwanâcihtâwak kiwâhkôhtowininaw; —kî-misiwanâcihtâwak kipîkiskwêwininaw; —kî-misiwanâcihtâwak kitisîhcikêwininaw; —kî-misiwanâcihtâwak kitahcahkowininaw. âtiht kikî-misiwanâcihisonaw; âtiht kikî-pôni-pîkiskwânaw kipîkiskwêwininaw; âtiht kikî-wanihonaw kâ-pihtâkwahk kipihtowêwinihk. mâka kîtahtawê apisci pîkiskwîwinis kîmwêw —‘kimiskâkonawak.’ kîtahtawêw —kâ-pihtâkwahk kipihtowêwin kâ-kisîwêk.   ᑮ ᑲᑵ ᑭᐱᐦᑐᐍᐏᑯᓇᐘᐠ: —ᑮ ᒥᓯᐘᓈᒋᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᑭᐚᐦᑰᐦᑐᐏᓂᓇᐤ; —ᑮ ᒥᓯᐘᓈᒋᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐤ; —ᑮ ᒥᓯᐘᓈᒋᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᑭᑎᓰᐦᒋᑫᐏᓂᓇᐤ; —ᑮ ᒥᓯᐘᓈᒋᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᑭᑕᐦᒐᐦᑯᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮ ᐋᑎᐦᐟ ᑭᑮ ᒥᓯᐘᓈᒋᐦᐃᓱᓇᐤ; … Continue reading

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Stages of Grief: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kâ-isi-mâsihtâhk pîkiskâtisiwin : Stages of Grief ânwêhcikêwin; Denial sisikotêyihtamowin; kîskimisowin; pîkwêyihtamowin; shock; numbness; anxiety kisiwâsiwin; Anger kostâciwin; âcikêwin; âpêhowin; atâmêyihtamowin; osâmiyawêsiwin; wanwêyihtamowin; naskwâwin fear; like screaming; revenge; blaming; frustration; confusion; resistance wiyîhcikêwin; Bargaining kâh-kîhtwâm sâsipwêwêpayihtâw; têyihtâkwan ka-mîskotônaman; replaying of events; … Continue reading

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Syllabics with Jerry Saddleback: Maskwacîs Cultural College

Maskwacis Cultural College Interested in learning how to read, write and speak using Maskwacis Syllabics? Apply at www.mccedu.ca or email ysaddleback@mccedu.ca for more information about enrolment.

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kiyâpic nimithkowin / I’m still bleeding: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

kikî-wîhtamowin î-mihtâtaman; kiyâpic nimithkowin. kikî-mîthin sôniyâw; kiyâpic nimithkowin. <kîkwây kâ-nitawîthihtaman?> othasowâsik aniki kâ-kî-misiwanâcihcikîcik. môtha pônipathin othasowîwin nipahiwîwin ohci, ahpô otihtinikîwin, ahpô kwâsihiwîwin. pakwanita pîkiskwîwin ikwa mâtohkâsowin namwâc nika-nanâtawihikon: itôtamowin poko. You’ve offered me an apology; I’m still bleeding. You’ve offered … Continue reading

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