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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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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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