Category Archives: Cree History

An infamous anniversary: 130 years since Canada’s Largest Mass Hanging 27 November 1885

  Photo from Tyrone Tootsis – Taken at Fort Battleford. First, second and third men from left , and first and second from right were among those hanged November 27, 1885. Yellow Mud Blanket and Poundmaker (fourth and fifth from … 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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A chapter in Cree history from Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix: “History Matters: ‘My people made war gently'”

Bill Waiser, Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix, 27 October 2015. Shared via embedded link. On the morning of May 26, 1885, Cree Chief Poundmaker proudly led his people into Battleford under a white flag of truce to meet with Gen. Frederick Middleton, … Continue reading

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Diving to locate mistasiny on CBC’s As It Happens

“For hundreds of years, the site – a giant boulder known in Cree as mistasiniy marked a sacred meeting place in southern Saskatchewan. In 1966, government works blew it up. It stood in the path of a man-made lake that … Continue reading

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Tyrone Tootoosis shares FSI Photos

Thanks to Tyrone Tootoosis for permission to share this collection of photographs from the early days of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians. For Tyrone this political history is also personal, since a great of the history of what is now … Continue reading

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Sunset Haiku by Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Fresh from Solomon Ratt, capturing the beauty of a blood-red Saskatchewan sunset in Haiku form. I bet you can’t even explain “Haiku” in Cree in less than 17 syllables! ê-pahkisimok, mihkwânaskwâw, miywâsin; kisâstaw mihko… The sun is setting, The sky is … Continue reading

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Historical Syllabic Newsletters in the Early Canadiana Online Collection

Thanks to Andre L’Hirondelle for digging up the link to this collection of 40 newsletters, published in syllabics by Oblate Missionaries in the Lake Ste Anne area of Alberta between 1900 and 1903. Of course the fun part (for somebody) … 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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As Long As the Sun Shines – Treaties in Saskatchewan

Thanks once again to Tyrone Tootoosis for posting this gem via Facebook. The narrator is his late mother-in-law Bernelda Wheeler; first person Cree language comments are provided by elder Danny Musqua, and late elders Gordon Oakes and Jimmy Myo. This … Continue reading

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Edmonton Oilers Honour First Nations Hockey

(Because Cree Literacy is so much more than just knowing how to read and write!) This video-of-the-day from Nation Talk was first posted on August 22, 2014, but came to my attention this week through Roxanne Tootoosis. It gave me … Continue reading

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