Category Archives: News

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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Update: Public service announcement COVID-19 (y-dialect, audio)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for his Plains Cree (SRO) translation (and audio recording) of the Indigenous Services Canada post about Coronavirus. (And thanks to Christine Longjohn who drew to my attention to this announcement via FaceBook). View the original ISC … Continue reading

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Joi T Arcand, 2019: Àbadanoke | Continuous Fire | Feu continue

Thanks to Connie Berry of Ottawa for sharing photos from her recent visit to the National Gallery of Canada, where Muskeg Lake Cree artist Joi T Arcand was commissioned to create another of her large-scale syllabic installations. In this one, … Continue reading

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Dawn Marie Marchand at Câhcacêp Art & Tea House, Edmonton

Only three days left to view Dawn Marie Marchand’s solo exhibition at the Câhcacep Gallery Café, owned and operated in Edmonton by the remarkable Jerry and Jo-Ann Saddleback. câhcacêp means “a little bit of everything” – and in addition to … Continue reading

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Look who’s watching: Hockey in Cree

nikotwâsik tipahikan ka-mâcipayik anôhc. Seven o’clock it starts today. Join Darryl Chamakese and his son “oskâpêwis” in cheering the resilience and resurgence of Cree as a 21st-century language as they watch his “nôhcâwîs” (little father or Uncle) Jason tonight on … Continue reading

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Dictionary of Moose Cree (l-dialect)

Thanks to Melissa Saganash for permitting us to share her photos and FaceBook comments about the launch of this newly completed Dictionary of Moose Cree, edited and guided by her brother Dr Kevin (Kepin) Brousseau. Moose Cree (also known as … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Darren Okemaysim – Blessings (y-dialect)

There is sad news today of the passing of Darren Okemaysim at the age of 53. miyo-pimohtêho, nitôtêm: Travel well, my friend. May the ancestors greet you with joy.  (Find the official obituary here.)  We were blessed to have Darren … Continue reading

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Unifying Written Inuktitut: Choosing Standard Spelling to Support Language Retention

What does a 21st-century Indigenous language sound like? How does it use print to promote literacy and help sustain itself? These questions are the foundation of everything we do at the Cree Literacy Network. Who knew the Inuit have been … Continue reading

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My Heart Fills with Happiness: 550,000 Books in Plains Cree distributed across Canada

My heart fills with happiness whenever I see the artwork of Governor General’s award-winning illustrator Julie Flett. It swells just a little more to count Julie among the friends of Literacy, Cree language revitalization, and the use of consistent standard … 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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