Category Archives: Language Lessons

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Orange Shirt Day 2020

tahto awâsis asitakimâw ᑕᐦᑐ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᐊᓯᑕᑭᒫᐤ Every child matters

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2021 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects

2021 Cree Calendar – A gift for all of us from Solomon Ratt. Click here to download a copy you can print for yourself! Cree Language Calendar 2021 Note that the PDF pages are designed for legal size paper (8.5×14″). … 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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University of Saskatchewan Graduate Honour Song (y-dialect)

Thanks to Winona Wheeler for sharing this YouTube post from Media Production at University of Saskatchewan (usask.ca) in honour of 2020 graduates, and congratulations to each one of them: We are all proud of your accomplishments and wish you great … 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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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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kîs’kaw (For a Moment): Wayne Jackson (Northern y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson for sharing this song, written for the MMIW of Canada in 2009 as part of the CD compilation “Colours of My Life” Visit ReverbNation to find more of Wayne’s recordings. 

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