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.

miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisi oskaskêwiki miyopayiwin: W.T. Goodspirit & The Legacies (y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson (the driving force behind the FaceBook group Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day for permission to share this energetic, singable Christmas recording that is may make you grin from ear to ear. According to Wayne’s fellow … Continue reading

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Rock Your Mocs Week, 9-16 November 2019

takahkiska kipahkêkinaskisina. ᑕᑲᐦᑭᓴᑲ ᑭᐸᐦᑫᑭᓇᐢᑭᓇ᙮ Look good wearing your moccasins.   cihkêyihta ta-kikiskaman kipahkêkinaskisina. ᒋᐦᑫᔨᐦᑕ ᑕᑭᑭᐢᑲᒪᐣ ᑭᐸᐦᑫᑭᓇᐢᑭᓇ᙮Be happy to wear your moccasins.  We love the whole idea of “Rock your Mocs” as to reminder to embrace and celebrate Indigenous heritage by showing … Continue reading

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A Cree Reminiscence from WWI: Rev. Canon Edward Ahenakew

From the January 29, 1921 issue of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune (held in the digital collections of the University of Manitoba Archives), comes a Battle Ballad written by Rev. Canon Edward Ahenakew, looking back on the First World War.  Ahenakew … Continue reading

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Honouring Indigenous Veterans 2019

In honour of Indigenous Veterans Day, and of Remembrance Day coming up, I am proud to share this photo of Edward Ahenakew, given to me by his granddaughter Elaine Greyeyes. Edward was born at Atahkahkoop, SK, and named for his … Continue reading

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Prayer for Protectors: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nimawimostamawâwak kahkiyaw kâ-nâkatêyihtahkik kinipîminaw êkwa kitaskinâw. hay hay ᓂᒪᐏᒧᐢᑕᒪᐚᐘᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑳ ᓈᑲᑌᔨᐦᑕᐦᑭᐠ ᑭᓂᐲᒥᓇᐤ ᐁᑿ ᑭᑕᐢᑭᓈᐤ᙮ ᐦᐊᕀ ᐦᐊᕀ I pray for all who take care of our water and our land, hay hay.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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