Category Archives: Poetry

In Honour of the TRC Report: ahkamêyimok! (y-dialect)

With thanks to Solomon Ratt – and his ability to thrive against all odds – for helping express these thoughts in Cree: kimâmiyonêyimitinân mîna kimawimôstamâtinân kahkiyaw iyiniwak ohpimê wîkiwâhk ohci kâ-kî-nitawi-kiskinwahamâkosicik; ka-miyo-tôtâkosiyêk mîna ka-sôhkisiyêk. mistahi pê-âyiman kâ-mâmawi-kitimahikawêyêk mâka mîna kisôhkisinâwâw kiyâpic âtiht … Continue reading

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National Aboriginal Languages Day 2015: ahkami-nêhiyawêtân

Today in celebrating National Aboriginal Languages Day – I’m also thinking of Freda Ahenakew who made the Cree language her life’s work. The fourth anniversary of Freda’s passing is April 8th. In honour of Freda, and in honour of the day, Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt, 2013: “On the Threshold of a Dream” (y-dialect)

Click the player to listen and read along with Solomon. Click the link at the bottom of the page to download the sound file. Please email me at creeliteracy<at>gmail.com if you’d like a higher resolution copy of this image for … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: There is Harmony Again (y-dialect)

miyo-wîcêhtowin kihtwâm ispayin; miyo-wîcêhtowin nimiskamâson; miyo-wîcêhtowin ispayin ôtê-nîkân; miyo-wîcêhtowin ispayin ôtê-otâhk; miyo-wîcêhtowin ispayin ôtê-atâmihk; miyo-wîcêhtowin ispayin ôtê-ispimihk; miyo-wîcêhtowin niwâsakâmiskâkon; miyo-wîcêhtowin kihtwâm ispayin. ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᑭᐦᑤᒼ ᐃᐢᐸᔨᐣ; ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᓂᒥᐢᑲᒫᓱᐣ; ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᐃᐢᐸᔨᐣ ᐆᑌ ᓃᑳᐣ; ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᐃᐢᐸᔨᐣ ᐆᑌ ᐅᑖᕽ; ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᐃᐢᐸᔨᐣ ᐆᑌ ᐊᑖᒥᕽ; ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᐃᐢᐸᔨᐣ ᐆᑌ ᐃᐢᐱᒥᕽ; ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ … Continue reading

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tapahtêyimiso: Be Humble

          tapahtêyimiso cikêmâ askîhk ê-ohciyan; kistêyihtâkosi cikêmâ acâhkosihk ê-ohciyan. ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓱ  ᒋᑮᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒋᔭᐣᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑖᑯᓯ  ᒋᑫᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒋᔭᐣ᙮  Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars. (Unattributed … Continue reading

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