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.

I was torn: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

nikî-tâtopitikawin kikâwînaw askîhk ohci: kanâtaskîhk î-kî-wîkiyân. nikî-tâtopitikawin ikota ohci ta-nitawi-ayamihcikîyân ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowinihk. ᓂᑮ ᑖᑐᐱᑎᑲᐏᐣ ᑭᑳᐑᓇᐤ ᐊᐢᑮᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ: ᑲᓈᑕᐢᑮᕽ ᐄ ᑮ ᐑᑭᔮᐣ᙮ ᓂᑮ ᑖᑐᐱᑎᑲᐏᐣ ᐃᑯᑕ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑕ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑮᔮᐣ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᓂᕽ᙮ I was torn from Our Mother Earth as I was living on sacred land. I was torn from … Continue reading

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mitoni niya nêhiyaw: Sarah Whitecalf

Have you ever noticed the Cree caption at the top of Cree Literacy Network posts? miywâsin, kîspin ta-kakwê-nisitohtamêk êkwa mîna a-kakwê-mitoni-wîcihisoyêk anima, ôma nêyihawêwin kîspin kinôhtê-kiskêyihtênâwâw. There is value indeed in trying to understand the Cree language and also in … Continue reading

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Not a Pretendian: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

[Photo: Solomon Ratt with his parents, William and Alice Ratt, 1978] There’s been a lot of discussion lately about “pretendians” of various kinds. There seems to be consensus that the “real deal” will be able to name their family and … Continue reading

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Play and Learn with Playing Cards

pêyakopêhikan(ak): Playing Card(s) A recent discussion on FaceBook sent me hunting for card-playing terms in Cree. So did Dawnis Kennedy at Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre with her delight in using games to teach Anishinaabemowin. Even the simplest card game … Continue reading

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Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Take My Hand for a While” sung in Cree by Tammy Lamouche

This post is a little gift for Buffy Sainte-Marie from all of us at the Cree Literacy Network. It’s a little late for her birthday, but it’s still 100% sincere because we think the world of her! The translation is … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, kohkom Sophie: National Indigenous People’s Languages Day 2021

iyiniw pīkiskwēwin kīsikāw = Indigenous People’s Language Day Thanks to Andrea Custer for agreeing (on this National Indigenous People’s Language Day) to share this reflection on her kohkom’s birthday with all of us. I can’t think of a better way … Continue reading

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National Indigenous People’s Language Day, 2021

askiy kitohtâpamihikonaw; yôtin kitohtâyêhyêhikonaw; iskotêw kitohtâkîsôwihikonaw; nipiy kitohtâminihkwênaw; kipîkiskwêwininawa, kitâtayôhkêwininawa, kiwâhkômitowininawa, kimâmawinitowininawa kahkiyaw ôhi kitohtâpamihikonaw, kahkiyaw kipimâcihikonaw. ᐊᐢᑭᐩ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ; ᔫᑎᐣ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᔦᐦᔦᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ; ᐃᐢᑯᑌᐤ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᑮᓲᐏᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ; ᓂᐱᐩ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᒥᓂᐦᑵᓇᐤ; ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐘ, ᑭᑖᑕᔫᐦᑫᐏᓂᓇᐘ, ᑭᐚᐦᑰᒥᑐᐏᓂᓇᐘ, ᑭᒫᒪᐏᓂᑐᐏᓂᓇᐘ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᐆᐦᐃ ᑭᑐᐦᑖᐸᒥᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ, ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑭᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ᙮ Earth nourishes us; Wind gives us air to … Continue reading

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Inconvenient Skin wins CODE Burt Award for 2020

Congratulations to Shane L. Koyczan, to Solomon Ratt, and to Theytus Books! Inconvenient-Skin : nayêhtawan-wasakay has won the first ever CODE Burt Award in the Indigenous Language category for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature, and we are … Continue reading

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Christi Belcourt: What Adult Learners Need

Thanks to Christi Belcourt for permission to share this graphic (with its unmistakable painted beadwork) – and for allowing us to share the thoughts that give it context as well. As a second (and third!) language learner, Christi’s insights are … Continue reading

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Water Keeps Us Alive: International Water Day, 2021

nipiy kipimâcihikonaw : ᓂᐱᐩ ᑭᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ Water Keeps us Alive (Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this magical photo of a beaver swimming in sunlit Wascana Creek.) Water is fundamental to life: we can’t exist without it. Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays) recently built … Continue reading

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