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Free Online: Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin by Jean L. Okimāsis

Wonderful news from Arok Wolvengrey and Cree Literacy Network Honorary Founder Jean Okimâsis. Her classic title is now available online for “open access” – which means everyone is welcome to download a copy for their own use. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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Master-Apprentice Michif Language Program

Thanks to Heather Souter – and congratulations – as she helps launch this new Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program in Dauphin. Read the full story from the Brandon Sun here: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/indigenous-language-program-launching-in-dauphin-490421351.html

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Canoe Terminology (y-dialect)

In July 2018, Kevin Lewis led a group of University of Saskatchewan students for a day of paddling at Pike Lake, Saskatchewan. Most were students in his Education Curriculum class, part of the UofS Indigenous Language Certificate program – but … Continue reading

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Regina Planning Commission Announces Okimâsis Park

mistahi nitakahkêyihtênân ôma. kinwês kî-ay-atoskâtam onêhiyawêwin Dr. Jean Okimâsis. This is wonderful news. Dr. Jean Okimâsis has worked on her Cree language for many years, including teaching at SIFC/FNUniv for 20 years, honorary co-founder of the Cree Literacy Network, and … Continue reading

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Flying Up Moon: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for adding a funny memory about “Flying Up Moon” to sweeten the sad one of having his new mocassins taken away each year at Residential School. ohpahowipîsim: nikâwîpan mîkisihkâcikîw; î-kaskikwâtamâkoyâhk oski-pahkîkinaskisina kita-kikiskamâhk kâwi itohtîyâhki Residential School … Continue reading

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Midnight Shine: Heart of Gold (n-dialect)

It was great surprise to run into my colleague Stan Louttit from Moose Factory in Winnipeg. It was even better to hear Midnight Shine (Stan is the bassist) live at The Forks at APTN’s Indigenous Day Live 2018. Not sure you could … Continue reading

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Medicine Dog makes the CBC News

Mansil Fiddler is still hard at work promoting Indigenous language reclamation one song at a time. He recently phoned to tell me about this recent CBC news interview – and remind me to check on updates to his list of … Continue reading

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Frog Lake Memories: CBC 1994

Twenty-four years since this CBC video was made, the same issues remain to be addressed. A link to this video appeared recently on FaceBook thanks to Mary Cardinal Colins and Peter Desjarlais. It reflects on the distinct role of the … Continue reading

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Translating English into Cree: Not Just Lip Service

It was a real honour to make a joint presentation at the 2018 Editors Canada annual conference in Saskatoon on 26 May 2018, along with the infamous Solomon Ratt. Here (at last) are our PowerPoint slides. Some links from the … Continue reading

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#CreeSimonSays: ohtâwimâwi-kîsikanisik: (Don’t try this at home!)

Seriously: Laugh hard, but don’t try this at home! Maybe even if you do have real Cree gas from Creeway in Saskatoon! Look below the video for vocabulary in SRO. And remember: êkâwiya kocihtâ ôma kîkihk – ᐁᑳᐏᔭ ᑯᒋᐦᑖ ᐆᒪ … Continue reading

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