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Chief Anus: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Sol offers this as his contribution to story-telling month for 2019. One friend commented that the story is hardly new: people have been making the same complaint about bosses for millenia! I hope it makes you laugh! pêyakwâw kî-kâh-kihkâmitiwak pâh-pahki … Continue reading

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Good news for Valentine’s Day! Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

oskinîkiw: î-pî-nitomiskwîmitân awa kitânis. ᐅᐢᑭᓃᑭᐤ:   ᐄ ᐲ ᓂᑐᒥᐢᑹᒥᑖᐣ ᐊᐘ ᑭᑖᓂᐢ᙮ Young dude: I have come to ask for your daughter’s hand in marriage. kisîyinîw: î-mwayî-kîsasiwâtamân kîspin ôma ka-mitho-wîcîwihtonânowin nîkân wîhtamawin kinîkihokwak owîhthowiniwâwa, kohkom ikwa kimosôm owîhthowiniwâwa, kôcâpânak owîhthowiniwâwa, kitâniskotâpânak owîhthowiniwâwa, kihcâniskocâpâmak owîhthowiniwâwa. … Continue reading

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miyo-sâkihitowin-kîsikanisik 2019! Talking Hearts

Ever wonder what those little candy hearts might say if they were written in Cree?  Solomon Ratt knows all kinds of sweet nothings (!) but I opted to keep this G-rated for classroom use.  😉 Maybe there’s even a classroom … Continue reading

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Midnight Shine: Heart of Gold Video

You’ve got to love the feel and the smiles in the Attawapiskat-filmed video that even credits the Rez Dogs. And it’s even more fun to sing along in Cree. (N-dialect text transcription, thanks to Ken Paupanekis) niwî-pimâtisin, niwî-mîniwânninanâtawâpamâw kâ-mino-têhêtmôna nitayân … Continue reading

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Speaking Cree to Power

We are all proud of Robert-Falcon Oullette for his role in bringing Cree into the House of Commons. As he reclaims the language which is his birthright, we are also proud of Kevin Lewis and Darren Okemaysim and others working … Continue reading

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sihkimâwasowin: Encouragement (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

sihkimâwasowin  –  ᓯᐦᑭᒫᐘᓱᐏᐣ  –  encouragement kimiyosin – ᑭᒥᔪᓯᐣ – You are beautiful (one person)kimiyosinâwâw   –   ᑭᒥᔪᓯᓈᐚᐤ   –   You are all beautiful kimiyo-tôtên – ᑭᒥᔪᑑᑌᐣ – You are doing good (one person)kimiyo-tôtênâwâw   –   ᑭᒥᔪᑑᑌᓈᐚᐤ   –   You are all doing good kinakacihtân … Continue reading

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Charlie Venne: omosōma

Charlie Venne is building a great collection of stories about his grandfather (omosōma) on his First Nations Stories blog (firstnationstories.com). Along with English-language story-telling, Charlie also embeds audio recordings of key phrases and ideas in Cree, for learners to listen … Continue reading

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All My Relations (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect, video)

Watch video to read along in Cree, or scroll down to read the text at leisure. Thanks (as always) for sharing, Solomon Ratt! kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik ispîhk kâ-mâmawinitohk tahto-awiyak kâ-pîkiskwêt mâci-pîkiskwêw ôma atamiskâkêwin ka-âpacihtât ‘kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik.’ ôma itwêwin ‘kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik’ pîksikwêwin … Continue reading

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Santa Visits Saddle Lake 2018 (video)

miyo-manitôwi-kîsikanisik onîhcîkiskwapiwinihk! In a brilliant display of mutual cultural appreciation, Santa made his first visit of 2018 to Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta this week. The kids appreciated him so much, we can’t even hear what the drum group … Continue reading

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Edmonton Journal: StatCan report finds more people are learning Indigenous languages

Lovely story about Carolyn Kiskotagan, and about Cree language reclamation. My favourite quotes: “Our spirit is made up of everything our ancestors did,” Kiskotagan said. “The language is a part of the spirit, so when all those things were torn … Continue reading

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