Category Archives: Our Elders Speak

mitoni niya nêhiyaw: Sarah Whitecalf

Have you ever noticed the Cree caption at the top of Cree Literacy Network posts? miywâsin, kîspin ta-kakwê-nisitohtamêk êkwa mîna a-kakwê-mitoni-wîcihisoyêk anima, ôma nêyihawêwin kîspin kinôhtê-kiskêyihtênâwâw. There is value indeed in trying to understand the Cree language and also in … Continue reading

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Francis McAdam Saysewahum: Heart Lodge

Thanks to Sylvia McAdam for permission to post this video of her her wonderful father, Francis, teaching from his hospital bed on August 20th. He needs one of those t-shirts that say, “Old School Cree: Built to Last”. I would … Continue reading

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mino tipiska, nohkom! Have a happy birthday, kohkom Sarah Harper

The Cree Literacy Network is in great company today sending our very best wishes to Sarah Harper, who is celebrating her 111th birthday yesterday at Bunibonibee Cree Nation (Oxford House, Manitoba). Sarah is also being celebrated in the Winnipeg Free Press in … Continue reading

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Wayne Jackson’s Podmatic Cree Language Podcasts

More good listening in Cree, courtesy of Wayne Jackson and Blue Quills College. Looking forward to hearing more of Jerry Saddleback and other elders speaking Cree and talking about their understanding. hay-hay, Wayne, for letting me share this here! Today’s … Continue reading

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Louise Loon Carves a Goose – and Goes Viral!

Cree Literacy is so much more than learning to read! In this video, shared by Cree Radio CBC, (now with over 7,000 views), Louise Loon from the east coast of James Bay demonstrates – with narration in her Eyou dialect … Continue reading

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Helen Chief Speaks Out about Mother Earth in Cree

Wise words in any language, but beautifully spoken here in Cree by Helen Chief of Island Lake, Saskatchewan, who very kindly agreed to let me post her video here, along with the translation of her cousin Celina Jones, and with word-for-word … Continue reading

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Francis McAdam Saysewahum: An Invitation

An invitation — in Cree — from the father of Idle No More founder Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, to everyone who is able to join together and do all they can on October 7th in defense of our land and water, … Continue reading

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