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A man who cooks: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

Some universal truths are worth re-stating in Cree. This is one Dorothy Thunder and I both happen to endorse with a big “tâpwê êêêê wâhay wâhay!” Thank you, Wayne Jackson, for letting me share it, and adding audio. Hope it … Continue reading

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Overcoming Erasure: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

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National Indigenous People’s Day 2020 (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

kâwitha nakata ithiniwâtisiwin: kapî ka-wîcîwikon; kapî ka-wîcihikon. tîpithahk acithaw nakata wanîwitowin: kâkito! nitohta! kipihtowîwinihk ka-pihtawâwak kitâniskô-wâhkômâkaninawak î-âcathôkâtikoyahkwâw. kâmwâtan. ᑳᐏᖬ ᓇᑲᑕ ᐃᖨᓂᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ: ᑲᐲ ᑲ ᐑᒌᐏᑯᐣ; ᑲᐲ ᑲ ᐑᒋᐦᐃᑯᐣ᙮ ᑏᐱᖬᕽ ᐊᒋᖬᐤ ᓇᑲᑕ ᐘᓃᐏᑐᐏᐣ: ᑳᑭᑐ! ᓂᑐᐦᑕ! ᑭᐱᐦᑐᐑᐏᓂᕽ ᑲ ᐱᐦᑕᐚᐘᐠ ᑭᑖᓂᐢᑰ ᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓇᐘᐠ ᐄ ᐋᒐᖫᑳᑎᑯᔭᐦᒁᐤ᙮ ᑳᒹᑕᐣ᙮ Don’t leave First Nations … 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

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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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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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