Category Archives: Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays)

Simon Bird is a th-dialect speaker, and elementary school principal from Montreal Lake, Saskatchewan

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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Cree Language makes the CBC National News (with #CreeSimonSays)

The story began last week of a Canadian comic book publisher, Joseph John, astonished to discover there was no Google Translate option for Cree. Perhaps it was the request of a genuine cultural “outsider” (a real Indian from India!) that … Continue reading

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In Flanders Fields (2020): Simon Bird (y-dialect)

Thank you to Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays) for the many hours he has invested in this beautiful multi-media tribute to Indigenous Veterans, built around the traditional Remembrance Day poem in Plains Cree (as translated by Jean Okimāsis and Arok Wolvengrey). For … 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 … Continue reading

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Stay home: Learn Cree 29. Simon Bird – Thinking of You

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Covid-19 Info in Cree and English from Simon Bird (th-dialect)

Thanks to Simon Bird (#creesimonsays) for preparing this video aimed at fluent speakers, but including good English content as well. As a former chief, Simon has direct information from Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) emergency response team. As a … Continue reading

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Passionate Hearts from Simon Bird 2020

The talk of love is getting pretty serious around here (though we’re keeping it G-rated), with four new talking hearts from Simon Bird. Thanks to Solomon Ratt for supplying audio. These are correct as-is for y-dialect; For th-dialect, change all of … Continue reading

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Tommy Bird and his Team – thanks to Simon Bird and #CreeSimonSays

Tommy Bird, kitakahkahpicikân! (You have a good team!) January is prime dog racing season, and this amazing video is the closest I may ever come to travelling by dog team. They sure make it look exciting. Thanks to Simon Bird … Continue reading

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#CreeSimonSays: Teaching Cree on FaceBook

It was a great pleasure to visit with Simon Bird in Winnipeg at the 2018 Lighting the Fire Conference, hosted by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre – to see his presentation encouraging teachers to join him in teaching Cree … Continue reading

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Ahaw nôtinikî-pimihâkana, ahaw! Go Jets Go!

This same day that we celebrate Fred Sasakamoose’s appointment to the Order of Canada (May 2018), we (in Winnipeg, at least) are also celebrating Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference Finals between the Winnipeg Jets and the Las Vegas … Continue reading

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