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A Brian MacDonald Collection via YouTube

Here’s a great find from YouTube to share with young learners: thirteen classic Brian MacDonald songs for kids in Cree, all at one Youtube link. Sung by a beautiful group of little Cree learners, and gently led by Brian MacDonald … Continue reading

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Never Can Say Goodbye!

Maybe I’m the only one, but whenever the topic of “goodbye” in Cree comes up, I’m soon imagining the disco beat of Gloria Gaynor. English speakers are taught from early childhood that politeness demands that we say “please,” “thank you” … Continue reading

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, Starwalker: tr. Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Solomon Ratt’s translation of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Starwalker began as quite a literal translation, but the driving rhythm of this tune demanded a lot fewer syllables. This is where Sol’s backup “Rhythm Ratts” stepped up, helping to hone the translation, and … Continue reading

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Raffi’s Baby Beluga, translated by Ellen Cook (n-dialect)

What a treat to find this video of the K-2 awâsisak from Winnipeg’s Isaac Brock Cree Bilingual Program, proudly belting out Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” translated into Cree by classroom câpân Ellen Cook, and led by classroom teacher Colleen Omand. Even … Continue reading

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What a Wonderful World (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this translation of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” – which was a favourite lullabye when my boys were small. You may notice how some English words have been omitted to make the long, Cree … Continue reading

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Bless Me Today – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

  kisî-manitow, sawîthimin anohc ta-mitho-kanawâpamakwâw athisitinwak; ta-mitho-pîkiskwâtakwâw athisitiniwak; ta-mitho-nitohtawakwâw athisitiniwak; ta-mitho-mâmitonîthihtamân pimâtisiwin. hay hay, kinanâskomitin. ᑭᓰ ᒪᓂᑐᐤ, ᓴᐑᖨᒥᐣ ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᑲᓇᐚᐸᒪᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓌᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᐲᑭᐢᒁᑕᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓂᐘᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᐘᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓂᐘᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᒫᒥᑐᓃᖨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐏᐣ᙮ ᐦᐊᐩ ᐦᐊᐩ, ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ᙮ Creator, bless me today to be able to look at the … Continue reading

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Spirituality: Solomon Ratt (y-, th- and n-dialects)

ahcâhkowin: askiy, kîsik, sîpiy, yôtin: miyo-wîcêhtowin kâ-kistêyihtamahk kahkiyaw ôhi. ᐊᐦᒑᐦᑯᐏᐣ:  ᐊᐢᑭᐩ,  ᑮᓯᐠ,  ᓰᐱᐩ,  ᔫᑎᐣ: ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ  ᑳ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ  ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ  ᐆᐦᐃ᙮ Spirituality: earth, sky, river, wind: There is harmony when we respect all of these. th-dialect: ahcâhkowin: askiy kîsik sîpiy thôtin mitho-wîcîhtowin kâ-kistîthihtamahk … Continue reading

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Covid Safety Reminder: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

  kikiskamohkan âkohkwênikanêkin: kihcêyim kiwîci-ayisiyiniw kâ-itohtêyan ayisiyinînahk. ᑭᑭᐢᑲᒧᐦᑲᐣ ᐋᑯᐦᑵᓂᑲᓀᑭᐣ: ᑭᐦᒉᔨᒼ ᑭᐑᒋ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓂᐤ ᑳ ᐃᑐᐦᑌᔭᐣ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓃᓇᕽ᙮ Wear mouth covering: be considerate of people when you go out where people are.  (Since the jury is still out on a suitable word for mouth-and-nose covering … Continue reading

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Hot off the Press: Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents (Solomon Ratt: y-dialect)

The latest language preservation publication from Patricia Ningewance Nadeau’s Mazinaate Inc will soon be a must-have all across the prairies. I was proud to pick up mine straight from the publisher last night.  Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents: … Continue reading

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Language Teacher Training Opportunity

Thanks to Heather Souter for her personal endorsement of this general language teaching (non-Cree) program. Learn more online: https://forms.gle/6FXM4HTdvsGBf1kb8) Heather writes: My friend and mentor Tina Hargaden is offering scholarships to her Summer Institutes for teaching language. The focus is … Continue reading

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