Category Archives: Seasonal

2016: mikisiwipîsim / ᒥᑭᓯᐏᐲᓯᒼ / February

    Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2016 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. For those who like to … Continue reading

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2016: kisêpîsim / ᑭᓭᐲᓯᒼ / January

    Thanks to Solomon Ratt for allowing the Cree Literacy Network to share his 2016 calendar, complete with his own original illustrations. Following his request, we will post one image at the beginning of each month. For those who like to … Continue reading

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Christmas wishes from Neal McLeod*

(*Whom I’ve heard Santa sometimes calls âpihtaw-Abba in honour of his Cree-Swedish heritage.) tânisi santî kônat. mitonê kipah-pitikosin. ê-mah-mikoskâtêyihtamihit. kîspin ayiwak ê-pitosipayan, kisôkâwâspinên. minisa piko astêwa nicâhyihk. mahti mîciso ôma. pêyahtik santî kônat, pêyahtik. dear santa claus. you have become very chubby. … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings 2015 – From Solomon Ratt and the Cree Literacy Network!

Complete with audio! It was an honour to receive this greeting from Solomon Ratt (who is always much more prepared than I am!) and to pass it on to everyone in our Cree Literacy Network. The artwork is Sol’s own … Continue reading

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A Christmas Residential School Memory from Solomon Ratt

  Thanks to Solomon for sharing this bittersweet memory to coincide with the release of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – and in time for Christmas. (For more of Sol’s residential school stories, click on “Read Along … Continue reading

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Flanders yikwahaskānihk : “In Flanders Fields”

Thanks to the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for sharing this video of Dolores Sand’s reading in Cree of this important annual remembrance. The full text is given below, followed by Neal McLeod’s comments on the vocabulary. In Flanders Fields … 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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