Category Archives: Cree History

My Country ’tis of Thy People You’re Dying: Buffy Sainte-Marie

The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie wrote this song during the civil rights movement in the 60s. She has called it, “Indian 101 for people who’ve been denied the real history.” It’s an anthem to decolonization, and its razor-sharp words describe an … Continue reading

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wapâwikoscikanihk “At the narrows of fear”: Andrea Custer (th-dialect with audio)

wapâwikoscikanihk is the traditional Cree name for Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan, and the Woods Cree reserve located there. Translated literally into English, the Cree name means “At the narrows of Fear.” This story is shared here thanks to Andrea Custer, who … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Exoneration Ceremony, May 2019

Let’s honour him by remembering his name in Cree: pîhtokahânapiwiyin (literally,  “he who sits at the [buffalo] pound”). Deep respect and congratulations to everyone at Poundmaker Cree Nation who has helped make this happen by petitioning for the exoneration of … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the legacy of Mistahi Maskwa

Thanks to Milton Tootoosis for allowing me to share this note from his Facebook group ACIMOWIN by Headman/Counsellor Milton Tootoosis. It is exciting to see that descendants of this visionary leader are finding ways to reclaim their proper place in Canada, and … Continue reading

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Seeking Clemency for Poundmaker – via Eagle Feather News

Poundmaker seeks clemency for its namesake chief Katie Doke Sawatzky | Eagle Feather News | August 15, 2017 While the fight to have treaty rights recognized is a continual battle for First Nations across Canada, Poundmaker Cree Nation has … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Museum Opening: With thanks to David MacKinnon and Roxanne Tootoosis

It was a fabulous day for the grand opening of the Poundmaker Museum at Poundmaker Cree Nation. The museum itself is a wealth of historical knowledge. The opening included various dignitaries including elders who spoke of the history of the … Continue reading

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John B. Tootoosis – Star Phoenix (May 2017)

Canada 150: John Tootoosis helped unify Saskatchewan’s indigenous peoples MAY 1, 2017 6:30 AM John Baptiste Tootoosis chose to be politically active even if it meant getting arrested.  Tootoosis would travel to communities to meet with aboriginal leaders during the 1930s. … Continue reading

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Manitoba Cree (and Ojibwe) Historical Resources from Frontier School Division

I was intrigued today by Ken Paupanekis’s collection of books and videos from his time with Frontier School Division – and also to find how many of these carefully researched and prepared publications are available online in pdf form. Not a … Continue reading

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Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems: Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum)

Sylvia McAdam (Sasewahum) will be speaking in Winnipeg February 10 & 11, 2016. While I continue to find specific details, I’m pleased to share some of the wonderful resources she has created here. Sylvia is very clear in her video lectures … Continue reading

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Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend

In the words of elder Ray Lavalee, “You must always honour the buffalo because they gave us life.”

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