Cree Code Talkers

FrankTomkinsBinyon’s verse follows Flanders Fields as an important poem of remembrance. In part, it reads,

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

As part of our remembrance, here are stories connected with second world war Cree code talkers. It’s an honour to remember them here.

First, oral history from Frank Tomkins, a World War II veteran from Grouard Alberta, whose brothers served as Cree code talkers. He was also reportedly a grandson of Poundmaker.

Listen here:
http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/2752:frank-tomkins/

Another online article (without audio) about Alberta’s Charles “Checker” Tomkins, another Cree-speakingCharesTomkins code talker,  can be found online at:

http://www.southpeacenews.com/newsdesk/volume47/090610/spotnews1.html

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit in its seventh year of gathering and curating Cree language literacy materials on the web and creating connections between students, teachers, speakers and linguists across the Cree dialect-and-language continuum.
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