Category Archives: Literacy and Learning

Automated Syllabic Conversion

Cree Syllabic Transliteration on the Desktop The debate about the best written form for the Cree language seems destined to continue for some time in Western Canada. Some communities prefer “Standard Roman Orthography” (SRO) which uses alphabetic letters (just like English); other … Continue reading

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Cree Literacy can be like Velcro too!

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Reading is a Revolution

From Aaron Paquette (the founding citizen of #Ottawapiskat) Share this! (if you think literacy is important) 🙂 ——- Let’s make this the start of something incredible. Join me in a revolution. What do you get out of it? The world, … Continue reading

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Six Great Reasons

Six Great Reasons to use SRO (Standard Roman Orthography) Speakers of different dialects can read and understand the same books. There is already a small, but growing, library of good books to read. You don’t need special software to type … Continue reading

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What is SRO?

Standard Roman Orthography (SRO) uses the letters of English alphabet (with a few modifications) to represent Cree language sounds. Each meaningful sound (or phoneme) is represented with one character. It is consistency of the sound-to-symbol correspondence that makes SRO effective. … Continue reading

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Alphabet Soup is Hard to Read!

For reading fluency and comprehension, Cree speakers need consistent spelling.* Learning to read and write in your own language should be a fundamental human right, yet relatively few Cree speakers ever have that chance. Those who do learn, struggle with … Continue reading

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Early Literacy: It’s as simple as Read. Talk. Play.

(Borrowed from Edmonton Public Library: but great advice anywhere!) Early literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they can do it themselves. It’s never too early to start; starting as newborns, children are developing skills that will … Continue reading

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Recover, restore, revitalize, repeat.

Restoring Ojibwe Language | Indian Country Today Media Network.com They say Cree and Ojibwe are about as closely related as English and French: they share the same roots. Cree and Ojibwe also share similar prospects for survival in generations to … Continue reading

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