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I am the Eagle: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

nîtha ôma mikisiw kâ-pimithât ispimihk; nîtha ôma mahihkan kâ-pimikociskâwît miskwamîhk; nîtha ôma namîkos kâ-pimiskât sâkahikanihk; nîtha ôma osikithâs kâ-pimahkamikisit mohcihk. ᓃᖬ ᐆᒪ ᒥᑭᓯᐤ ᑳ ᐱᒥᖭᐟ ᐃᐢᐱᒥᕽ; ᓃᖬ ᐆᒪ ᒪᐦᐃᐦᑲᐣ ᑳ ᐱᒥᑯᒋᐢᑳᐑᐟ ᒥᐢᑿᒦᕽ; ᓃᖬ ᐆᒪ ᓇᒦᑯᐢ ᑳ ᐱᒥᐢᑳᐟ ᓵᑲᐦᐃᑲᓂᕽ; ᓃᖬ ᐆᒪ ᐅᓯᑭᖭᐢ ᑳ ᐱᒪᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᐟ ᒧᐦᒋᕽ᙮ … Continue reading

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Dawn Marie Marchand: Things to Pass On, 2012

Thanks to Dawn Marie Marchand for permission to share this series of paintings, inspired by a podcast about Indigenous Languages that she heard in 2012. Dawn Marie writes: “I was really challenged by it and started to ask myself some … Continue reading

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kimaskihkêminaw / Our Medicine: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

kinêhiyawêwinâw kimaskihkêminaw,tâpiskôc ê-nâtawihikoyahk.mâcika tahto-kîsikâw âpacihtâkan,piyisk ka-miywayân,kiyâm pêyak itwêwin kaskihtâyani tâpitaw.ahkamêyimok. ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᓇᐤ ᑭᒪᐢᑭᐦᑫᒥᓇᐤ,ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᐁ ᓈᑕᐏᐦᐃᑯᔭᕽ᙮ᒫᒋᑲ ᑕᐦᑐ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᐸᒋᐦᑖᑲᐣ,ᐱᔨᐢᐠ ᑲ ᒥᔺᔮᐣ,ᑭᒫᒼ ᐯᔭᐠ ᐃᑘᐏᐣ ᑲᐢᑭᐦᑖᔭᓂ ᑖᐱᑕᐏ᙮ᐊᐦᑲᒣᔨᒧᐠ᙮ Our nêhiyaw language is our medicine, it heals us. Therefore use it everyday, eventually you’ll feel good, even if you’re … Continue reading

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A Love Song for his Children: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

Thanks to Chief Billy Joe for letting us share this poem (that really ought to be a love song). Maybe a tune will come to him some time soon. And thanks to Solomon Ratt for recording his reading of Billy … Continue reading

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Regina opens Jean Okimâsis Park

Congratulations to the forever-young Dr Jean Okimâsis whose groundbreaking work in the classroom at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now First Nations University) inspired the careers of so many fine “Creechers” including Solomon Ratt, Wayne Jackson, Darren Okemaysim and many, many … Continue reading

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“kitâskwêw, pihtakwatâw!*” It’s Hockey Day in Cree!

*itâskwêw, pihtakwatâw! = ᐃᑖᐢᑵᐤ, ᐱᐦᑕᑿᑖᐤ! ᐀ He shoots, he scores! The excitement on social media about today’s NHL Hockey broadcast in Cree is pretty hard to ignore. Some of our favourite commentators were up at the crack of dawn this … Continue reading

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My language is respected: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect), Respect: Arok Wolvengrey (y-dialect)

Julia Ouellette of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan challenged her fellow Cree speakers on FaceBook last week to post a video of themselves on FaceBook in the Cree language. This post includes responses to the challenge from Solomon Ratt, and from Arok … Continue reading

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Three Little Birds (Bob Marley): y-dialect

Maybe it’s Solomon Ratt’s photo in a crocheted Rastafarian hat, maybe it’s because Spring is finally springing, but I was reminded of this great Bob Marley song that might be perfect for a whole bunch of tiny Cree immersion students … Continue reading

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Another NHL Connection: Congratulations Brady Keeper!

And congratulations to Pimicikamak Cree Nation as Brady signed with the Florida Panthers on March 19, 2019. Brady: we wish you a long, healthy, successful career in the NHL. tahkahkih, Brady: ahkamêyimo! (But you’re obviously already pretty good at that!) … Continue reading

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kakîpâtisak: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

kî-kakwî-nipahtâwak nipîkiskwîwinispî kâ-kî-kiskinwahamawicik;kakîpâtisak!nikî-kiskinwahamawikwaktânisi kita-isi-pasikôhtâyân anima kâ-kî-nâspitihkwâmiskahkwâw.  ᑮ ᑲᑹ ᓂᐸᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑮ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒪᐏᒋᐠ;ᑲᑮᐹᑎᓴᐠ!ᓂᑮ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒪᐏᑿᐠᑖᓂᓯ ᑭᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐸᓯᑰᐦᑖᔮᐣ ᐊᓂᒪ ᑳ ᑮ ᓈᐢᐱᑎᐦᒁᒥᐢᑲᐦᒁᐤ᙮ They tried to kill my languageWhen they were educating me:The fools!They taught me how to raiseThat which has been in a … Continue reading

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