Category Archives: News


The news of 215 unmarked graves around Kamloops Residential School is devastating. But Kamloops is only one school site. Across Canada, children were sent out to play on the unmarked graves of other children. The deaths were unrecorded. The families … Continue reading

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Cree Language makes the CBC National News (with #CreeSimonSays)

The story began last week of a Canadian comic book publisher, Joseph John, astonished to discover there was no Google Translate option for Cree. Perhaps it was the request of a genuine cultural “outsider” (a real Indian from India!) that … Continue reading

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MESC Learning Services Announces Syllabics for Chromebooks

Congratulations to Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission’s MESC Learning Services, and to all of our friends at University of Alberta’s AltLabs (especially you, Eddie Santos) on your collaboration with Google (through Software Engineer Craig Cornelius) to integrate Plains Cree syllabics into … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Louise Halfe!

There are literally dozens of news stories today reporting the appointment of Plains Cree-speaking poet Louise Halfe to the post of parliamentary poet laureate. As great fans of Louise and the way she captures the magic of nêhiyawêwin in her … Continue reading

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2020 Winter Solstice Storytelling – Complete Audio (Solomon Ratt)

kâ-mâwaci-cimâsik kîsikâw âcathohkîwin ᑳ ᒫᐘᒋ ᒋᒫᓯᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᐣ Solstice Storytelling Those of us who were able to get in to the Zoom room had a great time listening to Sol’s 2020 Solstice treat that include six of the escapades of Wisahkecahk. The … Continue reading

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2020 Winter Solstice Storytelling (Solomon Ratt)

kâ-mâwaci-cimâsik kîsikâw âcathohkîwin ᑳ ᒫᐘᒋ ᒋᒫᓯᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᐣ Solstice Storytelling Monday, 21 December 2020, 7:00pm CST via Zoom All are welcome and it’s free Join Solomon Ratt via Zoom to listen to traditional stories of wîsahkîcâhk, just like those told on long … 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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First Nations University Fall 2020 Valedictory

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for sharing the following video excerpt from the October 2020 Virtual Convocation of First Nations University, emceed jointly in English and Cree by Dustin Brass and Simon Bird (#creesimonsays). The highlight of the video is the … Continue reading

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Congratulations 2020 Grads! (audio)

  Kids (of all ages) graduating this year have borne a special burden through pandemic and quarantine, home schools and unexpected distance learning. Now, as we enter the traditional season of graduation and celebration, we see our neighbours to the … Continue reading

Posted in Audio (th-dialect), Audio (y-dialect), Community News, Dolores Sand, Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays), Solomon Ratt, Wayne (Goodspirit) Jackson | 2 Comments

awas! Go away! (most dialects)

awas! ᐊᐘᐢ “Go away!” Solomon Ratt models the latest fashion for social isolation during Coronavirus – received from his FaceBook friend Grace Nihithaw Iskwew. (Note that it also matches his welcome mat). As you can tell from the photo, he’s … Continue reading

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