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.

Winter Solstice in the Cree Tradition: Wilfred Buck via CBC

 In 2017, Anishinaabe reporter Lenard Monkman asked elder Wilfred Buck of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba to share the significance of the winter solstice in the Cree tradition. Their conversation was recorded and animated by CBC Indigenous in … Continue reading

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miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisi oskaskêwiki miyopayiwin: W.T. Goodspirit & The Legacies (y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson (the driving force behind the FaceBook group Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day for permission to share this energetic, singable Christmas recording that is may make you grin from ear to ear. According to Wayne’s fellow … Continue reading

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âtayôhkâtitotân: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

âtayôhkâtitotân: âtayôhkêwina anihi tâpiskôc astisiya kâ-sîhcikwâpitahki kinêhiyawâtisiwininaw. ᐋᑕᔫᐦᑳᑎᑐᑖᐣ: ᐋᑕᔫᐦᑫᐏᓇ ᐊᓂᐦᐃ ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᐊᐢᑎᓯᔭ ᑳ ᓰᐦᒋᒁᐱᑕᐦᑭ ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᑎᓯᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮ Let’s tell each other our sacred stories: our sacred stories are like the sinew thread that sews tight our Cree cultural traditions.

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Silence Memes: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

kâmwâci-itohtî ita kâ-kimoskâcihtâkwahk ika kâ-papâsîsinânowik ika kisikisi piyahtahîthinowin kâ-ayak kipihtowiwinihk. ᑳᓎᒋ ᐃᑐᐦᑏᐤ ᐃᑕ ᑳ ᑭᒧᐢᑳᒋᐦᑖᑿᕽ ᐃᑲ ᑳ ᐸᐹᓰᓯᓈᓄᐏᐠ ᐃᑲ ᑭᓯᑭᓯ ᐱᔭᐦᑕᐦᐄᖨᓄᐏᐣ ᑳ ᐊᔭᐠ ᑭᐱᐦᑐᐏᐏᓂᕽ᙮ Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.’ Desiderata 2. natohta kapihtowêwin: … Continue reading

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Rock Your Mocs Week, 9-16 November 2019

takahkiska kipahkêkinaskisina. ᑕᑲᐦᑭᓴᑲ ᑭᐸᐦᑫᑭᓇᐢᑭᓇ᙮ Look good wearing your moccasins.   cihkêyihta ta-kikiskaman kipahkêkinaskisina. ᒋᐦᑫᔨᐦᑕ ᑕᑭᑭᐢᑲᒪᐣ ᑭᐸᐦᑫᑭᓇᐢᑭᓇ᙮Be happy to wear your moccasins.  We love the whole idea of “Rock your Mocs” as to reminder to embrace and celebrate Indigenous heritage by showing … Continue reading

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SICC Language Keepers Conference 2019

It’s been quite a few years since I attended the annual SICC Language Keepers conference. It’s fabulous to see how it continues to grow, now under the leadership of Wanda Wilson and her dedicated staff. Some estimated 1000 people in … Continue reading

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A Cree Reminiscence from WWI: Rev. Canon Edward Ahenakew

From the January 29, 1921 issue of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune (held in the digital collections of the University of Manitoba Archives), comes a Battle Ballad written by Rev. Canon Edward Ahenakew, looking back on the First World War.  Ahenakew … Continue reading

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Honouring Indigenous Veterans 2019

In honour of Indigenous Veterans Day, and of Remembrance Day coming up, I am proud to share this photo of Edward Ahenakew, given to me by his granddaughter Elaine Greyeyes. Edward was born at Atahkahkoop, SK, and named for his … Continue reading

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Prayer for Protectors: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nimawimostamawâwak kahkiyaw kâ-nâkatêyihtahkik kinipîminaw êkwa kitaskinâw. hay hay ᓂᒪᐏᒧᐢᑕᒪᐚᐘᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑳ ᓈᑲᑌᔨᐦᑕᐦᑭᐠ ᑭᓂᐲᒥᓇᐤ ᐁᑿ ᑭᑕᐢᑭᓈᐤ᙮ ᐦᐊᕀ ᐦᐊᕀ I pray for all who take care of our water and our land, hay hay.

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For Darren Okemaysim: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kâ-wanihitahk nikî-wanihânân nitôtêminân nikî-wanihânân niwîcêwâkaninân nikî-wanihânân niwâhkômâkaninân nikî-wanihânân nîtisâninân kîsinâcipayiw kika-kwêtawêyimitinân kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawân kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawascikân kikî-nihtâ-kiskinwahamâkân kikî-nihtâ-itwêstamâkân kâ-winihtahk nikî-wanihânân tahkahki-iyiniw awîna mâka? awîna mâka? awîna mâka? awîna mâka takî-âniski-atoskâtahk kitatoskêwin? ᑳ ᐘᓂᐦᐃᑕᕽ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᑑᑌᒥᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐑᒉᐚᑲᓂᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓃᑎᓵᓂᓈᐣ ᑮᓯᓈᒋᐸᔨᐤ ᑭᑲ ᑵᑕᐍᔨᒥᑎᓈᐣ ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᐣ … Continue reading

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