Category Archives: Identity

Gerald Kuehl’s portrait of our Honorary Elder, Bette Spence

Our dearly loved honorary elder Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Spence was just a kid of 99 when  Gerald Kuehl created this remarkable pencil portrait of her in 2019. It’s part of his “Portraits of the Plains” collection.  (Find more of his … Continue reading

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Celebrating Goose Break, 2021

In northern Ontario and Québec, Cree people celebrate the return of the geese with a dedicated week (or more) of family hunting time on the land. They call it “Goose Break”. My friend Jocelyn Cheechoo of Moose Factory calls it … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Belinda Daniels, PhD

tâpwê kihci! kimamihcihinân! ᑖᐻ ᑭᐦᒋ! ᑭᒪᒥᐦᒋᐦᐃᓈᐣ! Truly great! You make us proud. Belinda Daniels, PhD (that’s Dr Belinda Daniels!) completed her interdisciplinary doctoral defense at the University of Saskatchewan yesterday via Zoom, and we are so very pleased for her! Thanks … Continue reading

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International Mother Language Day, 2021

okâwimâwi-pîkiskwêwin kîsikâw misiwêskamik ᐅᑳᐏᒫᐏ ᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᐣ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᒥᓯᐍᐢᑲᒥᐠ: International Mother Language Day This photo is an old one, from October 2010. It’s a Greyeyes/Ahenakew family treasure, shared here with pride. It’s also an image that captures for me and many of my … Continue reading

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Cree Language Warriors (ca. 1990)

I’m not sure who took the photo of this good looking, passionate gang of Cree language warriors  kitâhkamêyimonâwâw, but 30+ years later, they’re all still hard at work. Posed together in this undated photo from SICC, we have: from the … Continue reading

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We Live on [Turtle] Island: Eva Cardinal quoting the late Agnes Bull (y-dialect)

“ôma ôta ê-wîkîstamahk ministihk, iyiniw ôta ê-kî-miyikôsit ta-kisâtahk êwako ôma askiy. mâcika kîstanaw ê-kî-miyikôsiyahk nêhiyawêwin êkwa iyiniwak kotakak wîstawâw ê-kî-miyikôsicik opîkiskwêwiniwâw. kiyânaw tâpwê piko wanihtâyâhki kipîkiskwêwininaw êkosi ê-wî-wanihtâyâh. namoya kiyânaw nêtê akâmaskihk ka-kî-itohtânaw ta-nitawi-nitonamahk, ka-nitonayahk awiyak ta-âsônamâkoyahk nêhiyawêwin, kiyânaw anima … Continue reading

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nimiyoskâkon ninehiyâwiwin – My Cree Nurtures Me : Dorothy Thunder (y-dialect)

Thanks to Dorothy Thunder (Professor of Cree at University of Alberta and longtime friend and language warrior) for sharing this poem (including audio) that formed the centre of her November 2019 presentation at the SICC Language Keepers Conference. nimiyoskâkon ninêhiyâwiwin … Continue reading

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tâpâhkômiwêwin “adopting others”: Darren Okemaysim (y-dialect)

I’m not sure what inspired this thought today from Darren Okemaysim, but it made me proud to feel that his words extend to me, and to Arok Wolvengrey, and our respective places in the extended adopted family of the late … Continue reading

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Kokum Rap: Maria Campbell, Rita Bouvier, Maxine Roy, Louise Halfe with Zoey Roy

This fabulous video has had nearly 8,000 YouTube views since it was first posted earlier this month. These kokums are going viral (and we can all help)!  The rap features power-poets and power-kokums: Maria Campbell, Rita Bouvier, Maxine Roy and … Continue reading

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Wake up my sisters!

A fabulous little observation about precision in Cree from the FaceBook Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day group, thanks to Arok Wolvengrey. It helps to illustrate the importance of context to translate into Cree appropriately. When somebody asked how to … Continue reading

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