Category Archives: Remembrance Day

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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From the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion (y-dialect, audio

Harry Raine, a Maskwacis Cree elder of the Louis Bull Tribe, brought the Cree language to Juno beach in Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-day 6 June 2019, and the Battle of Normandy. In honour of the fallen, … Continue reading

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ithiniw-simâkanisihkânak / Indian Veterans: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

A new poem (2017) by Solomon Ratt to recognize the sacrifice of Indigenous Veterans, and the shameful treatment they received on their return.  Click here to read the story about Sol’s poem reported by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner: http://www.otc.ca/reconciliations/details/indigenous_veterans.html … Continue reading

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Flanders yikwahaskānihk : “In Flanders Fields”

Thanks to the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for sharing this video of Dolores Sand’s reading in Cree of this important annual remembrance. The full text is given below, followed by Neal McLeod’s comments on the vocabulary. In Flanders Fields … Continue reading

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Cree Code Talker Documentary

  From CBC: More than 70 years after Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins served in the Second World War, his once top-secret story is being brought to life in a documentary film. Film director Alexandra Lazarowich is making a 10-minute documentary about Second … Continue reading

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Cree Code Talkers

Binyon’s verse follows Flanders Fields as an important poem of remembrance. In part, it reads, They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of … Continue reading

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