Category Archives: Language Lessons

Ready to learn something useful right now? There are lessons of every size in our archive: learn a new word or whole set (vocabulary); learn how words work together (grammar); learn what to say to another speaker (conversation). Explore at your own pace.

Unifying Written Inuktitut: Choosing Standard Spelling to Support Language Retention

What does a 21st-century Indigenous language sound like? How does it use print to promote literacy and help sustain itself? These questions are the foundation of everything we do at the Cree Literacy Network. Who knew the Inuit have been … Continue reading

Posted in Community News, Learn to Read - SRO, Literacy and Learning, Syllabics | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2019: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

anohc ikwa tahto-kîsikâw:ninanâskomon ê-mithwâthwâyâcik nicawâsimisak ikwa nôsisimak; ninanâskomon îkâ awasimî î-âpacihtâyân minihkwîwin ikwa maci-maskihkiya; ninanâskomon î-kaskihtâyân ta-kanawâpahtamân askiy tâpiskôc awâsis: ita kahkithaw kîkway î-mâmaskâsâpahtamân kahkithaw kîkway î-mithonâkwahk.mitho-nanâskomowikîsikanisik tahto-kîsikâw ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᐃᑿ ᑕᐦᑐ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ:ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ ᐁ ᒥᙽᙽᔮᒋᐠ ᓂᒐᐚᓯᒥᓴᐠ ᐃᑿ ᓅᓯᓯᒪᐠ; ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ ᐄᑳ ᐊᐘᓯᒦ ᐄ ᐋᐸᒋᐦᑖᔮᐣ ᒥᓂᐦᑹᐏᐣ ᐃᑿ … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Solomon Ratt, Thanksgiving | Leave a comment

miskanâw – Country Road – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

I may be wrong, but this beautiful, flat gravel road, looks like it’s from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. Locals there swear they’ve got the best, flattest rez roads in Saskatchewan, thanks to Milton Greyeyes and his powerful skills with the … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Solomon Ratt, Songs in Cree | Leave a comment

Wooden and Magnetic Syllabics Sets!

Contact Diane Ellis directly to learn more about these great sets (but be sure to tell her the Cree Literacy Network sent you!) The sets are customized to reflect the language (so Cree sets don’t have Inuit characters, and so … Continue reading

Posted in Resource Catalogs, Syllabics | Leave a comment

Cree Prisoner’s Song: William Burn Stick c. 1966

The late Tyrone Tootoosis, Jr is sorely missed, though his spirit remains with many. I suspect it’s his post from five years ago this week that has the Cree Prisoner’s Song circulating on FaceBook once again. Here’s what Tyrone said … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (y-dialect), Cree Cultural Literacy, Songs in Cree | 2 Comments

Darlene Auger’s Lullabye Teachings

I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Darlene Auger’s Cree lullabies, though I haven’t managed to get a copy of my own just yet. Thanks to Kevin Lewis for sharing this YouTube video of Darlene offering her teachings to two moms … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (y-dialect), Cree Cultural Literacy, Songs in Cree, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Storyteller – Solomon Ratt

The Storyteller is a newly crafted interactive teaching tool from Solomon Ratt that presents a story (in roman, and syllabic text with audio). Following each story, students are offered comprehension questions in Cree, to be answered in Cree. The storytelling … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (y-dialect), Language Lessons, Posts with Audio or Video, Solomon Ratt | Leave a comment

Orange Shirt Day 2019

ᐄ ᐊᑎ ᐳᐚᑕᒫᐣᓂᑮ ᑭᑕᐦᐊᒫᑿᐠ ᐄᑳ ᑕ ᐲᑭᐢᑹᔮᐣ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐑᐏᐣ ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ ᐃᑕᑳ ᑭᐢᑮᖨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᐃᑿ ᑳ ᐑᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᓂᑕᐢᑭᕀᓂᓇᐦᐊᐢᑖᓱᐏᐣᓂᑎᖨᓃᓯᐏᐣᑳ ᐃᓯ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᔮᐣᑮ ᓇᑐᓇᒷᐠ – ᒫᑲ ᑮ ᑇᐦᐱᓃᐘᐠ –ᑕ ᒦᐢᑯᑕᐢᑖᒋᐠ ᓂᑎᑏᖨᒥᓱᐏᐣ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᔮᐣᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓈᐱᐢᐠ ᑕ ᐱᓯᑿᐢᑏᐠᐃᑕ ᑕ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᐦᑖᓄᐏᐠ ᐅᐢᑭ ᔮᑎᓯᐏᐣᐃᑿ ᐅᐢᑭ ᐃᑕᑭᓱᐏᐣᐃᑕ ᓂᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ ᐄ ᒦᐢᑕᐦᐃᑳᑏᐠ ᐃᑿ … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Orange Shirt Day (30 Sept), Printable | Leave a comment

2020 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects – Final Version

2020 Calendar – Finalized and ready to print as of 12 September 2019 (thanks, Sol!) This post presents the updated calendar two ways: As a gallery of 12 images you can scroll through (click on each image to see it … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Audio (y-dialect), Calendar, Printable | Leave a comment

2020 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects

This post presents the updated calendar two ways: As a gallery of 12 images you can scroll through (click on each image to see it full size); As a PDF file to download and print for your own use. Click … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Audio (y-dialect), Calendar, Printable | Leave a comment