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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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For Darren Okemaysim: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kâ-wanihitahk nikî-wanihânân nitôtêminân nikî-wanihânân niwîcêwâkaninân nikî-wanihânân niwâhkômâkaninân nikî-wanihânân nîtisâninân kîsinâcipayiw kika-kwêtawêyimitinân kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawân kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawascikân kikî-nihtâ-kiskinwahamâkân kikî-nihtâ-itwêstamâkân kâ-winihtahk nikî-wanihânân tahkahki-iyiniw awîna mâka? awîna mâka? awîna mâka? awîna mâka takî-âniski-atoskâtahk kitatoskêwin? ᑳ ᐘᓂᐦᐃᑕᕽ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᑑᑌᒥᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐑᒉᐚᑲᓂᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓈᐣ ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓃᑎᓵᓂᓈᐣ ᑮᓯᓈᒋᐸᔨᐤ ᑭᑲ ᑵᑕᐍᔨᒥᑎᓈᐣ ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᐣ … Continue reading

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Darlene Auger’s Lullabye Teachings

I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Darlene Auger’s Cree lullabies, though I haven’t managed to get a copy of my own just yet. Thanks to Kevin Lewis for sharing this YouTube video of Darlene offering her teachings to two moms … Continue reading

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CBC Radio presents Leaders’ Debate translated into Cree, Inuktitut and Ojibwe

Plains Cree history in the making, September 2019. Thanks to Kevin Lewis for sharing today’s CBC Radio news story (the original is in French): Radio-Canada présente les débats des chefs traduits en cri, en inuktitut, et en ojibwé. The debate … Continue reading

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Live, Love, Laugh!

Thanks to Arok Wolvengrey for these new printables to greet the fall (and thanks to Chris Ravenis for use of her photo). I think we might add a fourth line that reads, “Share widely” (If you don’t have access to … Continue reading

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Google Earth Celebrates Indigenous Languages – Including Cree

United Nations Day of Indigenous Peoples – 9 August 2019 – launched a worldwide tribute to Indigenous Languages through Google Earth and its story-telling tool, Voyager. The project, titled “Celebrating Indigenous Languages” encourages users to “Meet Indigenous Speakers and Learn … Continue reading

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kâhkâkiw: The Common Raven (th-dialect)

The raven’s call may be familiar to many, but Cree Literacy followers will immediately recognize the call of our favourite th-dialect speaker, Solomon Ratt, in this newly dubbed narration. (Read the CBC news announcement here.)  Congratulations to Hinterland Who’s Who … Continue reading

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Towards a Cree Listening Library: Francis Saysewehum and Sylvia McAdam (Saysewehum)

Today we join our prayers for the health of  Elder Francis Saysewehum with those of his daughter Sylvia McAdam Saysewehum and her many friends and followers. Sylvia, who is known around the world as a founder of Idle No More, … Continue reading

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Teaching Fractions: Barry Ahenakew

Math concepts in Cree are particularly important for immersion classrooms, but they’re not often addressed in language textbooks. Thanks to Elder Barry L. Ahenakew for sharing this lesson on fractions. Other numbers can be turned into fractional denominators by adding … Continue reading

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Wâhkôhtowin: A Cree Way of Living (Andrea Smith, The Tyee)

In a portfolio of four pieces, journalist Andrea Smith does some beautiful writing about the Cree idea of wâhkôhtowin. The Tyee – in which the pieces were published – defines itself as “a widely read and respected platform for the … Continue reading

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