Category Archives: Billy Joe Laboucan

Billy Joe Laboucan is a first-language, Northern y-dialect speaker from Lubicon Lake, Alberta

êkwa mîna kêhtêskwêw: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

Billy Joe Laboucan is quick to point out that his late mother (okâwipana) was also a kêhtêskwêw (old woman) full of wisdom. She grew up in the bush, kept hidden from residential school. Billy Joe kindly shared some of her … Continue reading

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wīci-kisēyiniwa: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

Sometimes we like to joke here about the “wisdom of Solomon,” but we’re also grateful to pass on the wisdom of his wīci-kisēyiniwa (fellow old men), like these teachings that Chief Billy Joe Laboucan remembers from ohtāwīpana (his late father), … Continue reading

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kācikan / Hideling: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

kācikan kī-kimotiwakē-mēkwā-kātikawiyānnimōsihtān kaskēyihtamowin nikāwiy okohtākanihkkā-mēkwā-ācimāt wīsahkēcāhkwa,ohcikawāpiwinihk ēkwa pāhpiwinihk. kāwi kī-takosinwak, ē-kātāhkwāwanihi kostācowina ēkwa kaskēyihtamowinakā-postatahamoht kiskinwahamātowikamikohkātiht kī-ācimīwak maci-manitowaātiht kaskihtakwahēwak. māka kahkiyaw nikiskisinān wīsahkēcāhknikāwiy ēkwa nohtāwiy kī-sōhkisiwaknikī-wāpahkīhikonānak māyi-kīkwayēkwa nikī-wīcihikonānak ta-tāpowakēyihtamāhkta-āskōwihtamāhk ātayohkēwin ēkwa nikamon. ᑳᒋᑲᐣ ᑮᑭᒧᑎᐘᐠᐁ ᒣᒁ ᑳᑎᑲᐏᔮᐣᓂᒨᓯᐦᑖᐣ ᑲᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒧᐏᐣ ᓂᑳᐏᕀ ᐅᑯᐦᑖᑲᓂᕽᑳ ᒣᒁ ᐋᒋᒫᐟ ᐑᓴᐦᑫᒑᐦᑿ,ᐅᐦᒋᑲᐚᐱᐏᓂᕽ ᐁᑿ ᐹᐦᐱᐏᓂᕽ᙮ ᑳᐏ … Continue reading

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Billy Joe Laboucan: Cooperation Bush-style

Thanks to Billy Joe Laboucan for letting me share this great little story. Mary Cardinal Collins calls it a great example of “mâmawohkamâtow sakâwiyiniw style” (cooperation, bush-(people)-style). And it would make a great story for kids. (Now, if he’d only record … Continue reading

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Billy Joe Laboucan: Wisahkêcahk Seeks a Bride (y-dialect)

Thanks, Billy Joe, for letting me post this story: Here’s some tobacco for you!

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Horse Pace: Billy Joe Laboucan

Thanks to Billy Joe Laboucan for allowing me to archive this âcimowin and photo about his childhood from his Facebook feed. (Now to get him to do more writing in Cree!) Napees sat listening to the wonderful, almost magical sound made … Continue reading

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