Category Archives: Cree History

Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems: Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum)

Sylvia McAdam (Sasewahum) will be speaking in Winnipeg February 10 & 11, 2016. While I continue to find specific details, I’m pleased to share some of the wonderful resources she has created here. Sylvia is very clear in her video lectures … Continue reading

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Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend

In the words of elder Ray Lavalee, “You must always honour the buffalo because they gave us life.” Thanks to Arok Wolvengrey for directing me to this lovely book for children – Judith Silverthorne’s careful retelling of Lavalee’s words – released … Continue reading

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In Memorium, Allen Sapp

I was privileged last summer to visit the Allen Sapp Gallery in North Battleford, and see some of the work in person that I previously only knew through books. I also got to meet lawyer, writer and activist Michelle Good … Continue reading

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Amiskwaciy History Series: Shared History is Reconciliation

Because Cree Literacy is so much more than reading and writing words, I was delighted to discover this new series of videos via YouTube from amiskwaciy-wâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, Alberta, lit., Beaver Hills House) thanks to Simon Gowen on the Facebook Cree … Continue reading

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An infamous anniversary: 130 years since Canada’s Largest Mass Hanging 27 November 1885

A day the Cree Nation should never forget Paraphrasing Tyrone Tootoosis from Facebook: The eight Cree warriors that were hanged knew nothing of the legal system, and had no legal counsel or other advice. No defense was mounted. No reference was … Continue reading

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Cree Code Talker Documentary

  From CBC: More than 70 years after Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins served in the Second World War, his once top-secret story is being brought to life in a documentary film. Film director Alexandra Lazarowich is making a 10-minute documentary about Second … Continue reading

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A chapter in Cree history from Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix: “History Matters: ‘My people made war gently'”

Bill Waiser, Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix, 27 October 2015. Shared via embedded link. On the morning of May 26, 1885, Cree Chief Poundmaker proudly led his people into Battleford under a white flag of truce to meet with Gen. Frederick Middleton, … Continue reading

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