Category Archives: Books for Kids

New nêhiyawêwin Classroom Materials from Blue Quills

What a fabulous surprise to receive this treasure in the mail from University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills and its Cree Language Program Language Resource Developer, Tina Wellman. A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating this collection: Cree classroom … 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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Melanie Florence: Stolen Words – Plains Cree Edition, 2019

In each one of us at the Cree Literacy Network, the story of a child using a dictionary to help her grandfather reclaim his lost language strikes a sacred chord.  The award-winning English edition of Melanie Florence‘s “Stolen Words” from … Continue reading

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My Heart Fills with Happiness: 550,000 Books in Plains Cree distributed across Canada

My heart fills with happiness whenever I see the artwork of Governor General’s award-winning illustrator Julie Flett. It swells just a little more to count Julie among the friends of Literacy, Cree language revitalization, and the use of consistent standard … Continue reading

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When we had Sled Dogs (th-dialect, audio)

The Cree-only read-along video that follows below is a gift we can share here in memory of Salamô omisipana: Solomon Ratt’s late older sister. First cousins according to English kinship rules, having mothers who were sisters made Sol and Ida … Continue reading

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Cree Books for Kids – A Library List

Here (piyisk!) is a very first step in collecting all the titles we can find in Cree (or including Cree) for kids. We’ve needed this for ages, but please be patient: It’s a work in progress. I will continue to … Continue reading

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Cree Literacy Network launches its first book – In Plains Cree

Saskatoon Public Library is renaming its 20th Avenue Branch this week in honour of the late Dr Freda Ahenakew. To join the celebration, the Cree Literacy Network has responded with a tribute of its own:  nicâpân owâskahikan / Câpân’s House: A … Continue reading

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nicâpân owâskahikan / Câpân’s House

Read along in Cree with Dolores Greyeyes Sand (scroll down on this page to view complete text in Plains Cree and English)  Read along in Cree (with page-turn sound) Read along in English Buy a copy of nicâpân owâskahikan: Individual copies are … Continue reading

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Manitoba Cree (and Ojibwe) Historical Resources from Frontier School Division

I was intrigued today by Ken Paupanekis’s collection of books and videos from his time with Frontier School Division – and also to find how many of these carefully researched and prepared publications are available online in pdf form. Not a … Continue reading

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Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend

In the words of elder Ray Lavalee, “You must always honour the buffalo because they gave us life.”

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