Category Archives: Audio (y-dialect)

Hole In One: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

One day Solomon Ratt was riding along on his bike, when suddenly, he saw some golfers, and thought up a new story – of the kind his uncles used to tell as part of the “Best Liar” competitions at winter … Continue reading

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Good wishes for Maria Campbell

kimamihcihinân ê-nisitawêyimikawiyan kitatoskêwin ohci. kinanâskomitinân kâ-pê-sâh-sîhkimacik oskâyak ta-masinahikêcik.  You make us proud in being recognized for your work. We thank you for encouraging young people to write. [Photo credit: Ted Whitecalf] Thanks to Solomon Ratt for helping to express our … Continue reading

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Avalanche! Sol Hikes to Bourgeau Lake (y-dialect)

For the final question on his Cree 202 exam, Sol asked his students to either translate his text about a hike to Bourgeau Lake in Banff National Park, or to answer questions. The exam included a word list for students … Continue reading

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National MMIW Awareness Day, 2021 (n-, th-, y-dialects)

This breathtakingly powerful image is the work of Angela Lightning from Treaty 8 territory, who created and photographed this installation, shared it on FaceBook, and gave us her blessing to share it here. It evokes the memory of those we’ve … Continue reading

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May the force be with you (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

For May 4th (Star Wars Day): Sol’s Cree version of “May the force be with you!” kânikanâ kitâniskohpicikanak ka-wîcêwikwak May your ancestors go with you.

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The Rainbow: Read along in Cree

ninanâskomon. I am grateful. It’s really exciting to see another rich layer added to this beautiful book and story from traditional Cree culture that centres on gratitude. The story told by Alberta Cree Elder and WW2 veteran, James “Smokey” Tomkins … Continue reading

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Rock Spirits: Darren Okemaysimipan (y-dialect)

Today, we’re sharing an old FaceBook post from my late friend Darren Okemaysim that unexpectedly popped up on my computer screen this morning. (Cree uses the suffix “pan” to indicate that someone is deceased.) I believe Darren was quoting an … Continue reading

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To sing at dawn and dusk: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

ka-nikamohk kâ-pêtâpahk mîna kâ-wawâninâkwahk ka-nanâtawihtâniwiw askiy cîhkêyihtamowin ohci: kiyâpic ôma kiskisiwak piyêsîsak. ᑲ ᓂᑲᒧᕽ ᑳ ᐯᑖᐸᕽ ᒦᓇ ᑳ ᐘᐚᓂᓈᑿᕽ ᑲ ᓇᓈᑕᐏᐦᑖᓂᐏᐤ ᐊᐢᑭᐩ ᒌᐦᑫᔨᐦᑕᒧᐏᐣ ᐅᐦᒋ: ᑭᔮᐱᐨ ᐆᒪ ᑭᐢᑭᓯᐘᐠ ᐱᔦᓰᓴᐠ᙮ To sing at dawn and at dusk will heal the world with joy: The birds still … Continue reading

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Brian MacDonald: Number Song

This song has been taught at least a million times in Cree country. If only we could count that high! pêyak  ᐯᔭᐠ nîso  ᓃᓱ nisto  ᓂᐢᑐ nêwo  ᓀᐓ niyânan  ᓂᔮᓇᐣ nikotwâsik  ᓂᑯᑤᓯᐠ têpakohp  ᑌᐸᑯᐦᑊ ayinânêw  ᐋᔨᓈᓀᐤ kêkâ-mitâtaht   ᑫᑲ ᒥᑖᑕᐦᐟ mitâtaht   ᒥᑖᑕᐦᐟ … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2021 (y-dialect)

kihcêyihta kistêyihta nâkatawêyihta: askiy kîsikâw ᑭᐦᒉᔨᐦᑕ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑕ ᓈᑲᑕᐍᔨᐦᑕ: ᐊᐢᑭᐩ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ Honour it, respect it, protect it: Earth Day (Thanks to Solomon Ratt for fabulous photo and text!)

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