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kanâtaskihk / Sacred Land: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

pikwâtaskamikâhk ninohtê-pah-pimahkamikisin; kanâtaskihk ta-ayâyân:êkotê nika-miskên miyo-wîcêhtowin mîna wânaskêwin. ᐱᒁᑕᐢᑲᒥᑳᕽ ᓂᓄᐦᑌᐸᐦᐱᒪᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᐣ; ᑲᓈᑕᐢᑭᕽ ᑕ ᐊᔮᔮᐣ᙮ᐁᑯᑌ ᓂᑲ ᒥᐢᑫᐣ ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ ᐚᓇᐢᑫᐏᐣ᙮ I want to be in the wilderness, to be on sacred land:Over there I will find harmony and inner peace. (Speaking … Continue reading

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On OUR Land (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

êkâwiya nikoskâcihinân; nitaskînâhk ôma nitayânân. ᐁᑳᐏᔭ ᓂᑯᐢᑳᒋᐦᐃᓈᐣ; ᓂᑕᐢᑮᓈᕽ ᐆᒪ ᓂᑕᔮᓈᐣ᙮ Don’t disturb us; we are on OUR land. In solidarity with Wet’suwet’en, and with land and water protectors across Canada. News from Winnipeg that a racist counter-protestor walked into the … Continue reading

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Atikamekw Vocabulary Tools (in French): Alloprof.qc.ca

Have you ever wondered about the r-dialect of Cree? Atikamekw is one of the Cree dialects spoken in southwest Quebec in the communities of Obidjewan, Manawan and Wemontachie. People there call their language Nehiromowin. Merci à mon amie Marie-Christine Payette … Continue reading

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A joking meme for Groundhog Day (Solomon Ratt: th-dialect)

“You ain’t nothin’ but a groundhog, lyin’ all the time; If you see your shadow, you ain’t no friend of mine!” (to Sol: “Thank you, thank you very much!”  wînask (the more common form for groundhog) is a shortened form … Continue reading

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Solomon ikwâni poko Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

namôtha kîkway kotak niwîhthowin athisk ispî kâ-kî-nihtâwikiyân piyak awa ayamihikimâsis (onâpîma ana iskwîw kâ-kî-pamihiwîwit (Solomon kî-isithihkâsow, ikyako î-kî-okwîmîsiyân) nikî-kiskinawâcihik, tâpiskôc î-kî-sîkahahtawit nîtî wanihikîskanâhk î-kî-itwît “Salamô ikwâni poko Ratt.” ispî tâpwî takî-sîkahahtâkawiyân, nîtî ayamihikamikohk âmaciwîspimowinihk, ayamihikimâw namwâc kî-ohci-pakitinam kotak wîhthowin kita-mîthikawiwak … Continue reading

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Sacred Teachings: Solomon Ratt (y- and th-dialects with audio)

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miyo-ohcêtowi-kîsikanisik 2020!

mitho-ocîmikîsikanisik!  /  ᒥᖪ ᐅᒌᒥᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ!  (th-dialect) miyo-ohcêtowi-kîsikanisik! /  ᒥᔪ ᐅᐦᒉᑐᐏ ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ!  (y-dialect) Happy New Year (literally: Happy Kissing Day!) (Note: in the audio, Solomon Ratt gives first the th-dialect, then the y-dialect versions of the greeting)  

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My 2019 IYIL Cree Literacy Quest

As this International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) comes to a close, I’m seizing these last minutes to report about my quest to honour the year: my search for the syllabic newsletters of the Reverend Canon Edward Ahenakew. Ahenakew, who … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice in the Cree Tradition: Wilfred Buck via CBC

 In 2017, Anishinaabe reporter Lenard Monkman asked elder Wilfred Buck of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba to share the significance of the winter solstice in the Cree tradition. Their conversation was recorded and animated by CBC Indigenous in … Continue reading

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SICC Language Keepers Conference 2019

It’s been quite a few years since I attended the annual SICC Language Keepers conference. It’s fabulous to see how it continues to grow, now under the leadership of Wanda Wilson and her dedicated staff. Some estimated 1000 people in … Continue reading

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