Cree Language Learning & Resources

This collection features resources for learning the language of Cree and other Cree-related resources. 

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CREE CALENDAR – Shapes, Patterns, Cycles
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Students use washable paints, markers, and construction paper to illustrate a month from the traditional Cree Calendar

Students will be able to:

illustrate a month from the traditional Cree calendar;
demonstrate an understanding of the changes, cycles and patterns that occur in nature through words and images;
draw/paint geometric and organic shapes;
create the illusion of depth in space using size;
connect personal life experiences to their artworks.

Subject:
Arts Education
Visual Arts
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Nēhiyawēwin
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
crayola
Date Added:
09/14/2022
Cree Code Talkers
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In this lesson, students will expand their knowledge and dive deeper into lesser-known Indigenous histories in Canada, particularly those of Second World War Cree Code Talkers. Students will then be asked to summarize and compare both histories.

What are Cree Code Talkers? What was their purpose?
During the Second World War, encryption and coded messages were deemed essential to winning the war. Utilizing Cree, the government relied on Indigenous men to use their language to aid the war effort; these men were known as Cree Code Talkers.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
History Canada
Date Added:
06/21/2022
Cree: Language of the Plains
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Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan to the University of Regina, this is a Cree Language Learning resource that one can download and use for free.
The comprehensive resource includes chapters on dialects, many grammatical topics, expressions, vocabulary and much more.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Jean L. Okimāsis
University of Regina Press
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Hear the Untold Story of a Canadian Code Talker from World War II
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During World War II, Charles “Checker” Tomkins fought the enemy with a different kind of weapon. As a code talker in the Canadian military, he used his knowledge of the native Cree language to help develop a top-secret communication system to defeat the Germans.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Geographic
Date Added:
11/02/2021
Indigenous Online Language Learning
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The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council is made up of 11 Member Nations representing 5 distinct Indigenous Languages and Cultures – Nakoda, Saulteaux, Cree, Dakota, and Lakota. We are counted amongst the most culturally and linguistically diverse organizations on Turtle Island (North America).

Our Online Language Learning Program works to promote our Languages and Cultures that we as Indigenous Peoples hold dear to our hearts, families, and communities. With the support of the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, and our very own Language Keepers/Teachers and Knowledge Keepers, we are able to bring you this very important Online Language Learning opportunity.

Throughout the course of our Online Language Learning program, we will be posting language videos with accompanying documents that you can easily follow along with. We will also be presenting podcasts, live events, advanced language learning classrooms, and much more!

All material will be made available and free to the public on our various online and social media platforms. To gain the full experience, please REGISTER with our online hub, create an account, interact, and feel free to join other groups!

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Learn Cree at LearnCree.ca
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This site, hosted by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, offers many opportunities for students to gain proficiency in the Cree language through:
- interactive activities to help learn Cree
- songs and audio in Cree
- instructional videos for learning Cree (on FaceBook)

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
Lac La Ronge Indian Band
LearnCree.ca
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Little Women’s Lodge Kit
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The Little Women’s Lodge Kit Stories help children to learn about traditional parenting roles and responsibilities from a young age, while also teaching them Cree language reading, writing and singing.The four Cree storybooks are the core of this resource, bringing ancient Indigenous teachings to a new generation.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Date Added:
09/07/2022
Virtual Classroom
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The CLS(Canadian Light Source), in Saskatoon, SK, is located on Treaty Six land in the traditional territories of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinabek, Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, and the homeland of the Métis. As educators, we respect Indigenous Ways of Knowing and oral traditions. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in the spirit of partnership, reconciliation, and collaboration.

The Virtual Classroom was created to have an accessible learning platform that students and educators from across Canada and the globe, especially those in remote areas, can engage with our learning activities and resources. We want to provide the opportunity for every student to learn and connect to science contexts, whether in their classroom, in the lab, at their home, or here, in the virtual classroom

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Canadian Light Source
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Wapos Bay Series
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This series is a charming and often humorous look at the contemporary life of a Cree community. Set in a fictitious community in northern Saskatchewan, the animation stories follow the exploits of young Raven, Talon and their cousin T-Bear as they face challenges and learn valuable life lessons.

Educators can use the series to teach children about Cree culture and about universal themes such as honouring tradition, cooperation, self-esteem and ethics. This series is also available in French and Cree versions.

Subject:
Arts Education
Elementary Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Media Studies
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
National Film Board Of Canada
Date Added:
11/22/2020
Wapos Bay Series (Cree Language Version)
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This series is a charming and often humorous look at the contemporary life of a Cree community. Set in a fictitious community in northern Saskatchewan, the animation stories follow the exploits of young Raven, Talon and their cousin T-Bear as they face challenges and learn valuable life lessons.

Educators can use the series to teach children about Cree culture and about universal themes such as honouring tradition, cooperation, self-esteem and ethics. This series is also available in English and French versions.

Subject:
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Career & Work Exploration
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
National Film Board Of Canada
Date Added:
11/22/2020
When the Trees Crackle With Cold: A Cree Calendar Audio and Activities
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Hear words from the book in nēhiyawēwin

These activity sheets are from the book “When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Seasons Activity Book” by Bernice Johnson-Laxdal and Miriam Körner. We thank them for their permission to share these activities with you for Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan!

Story Questions
Read and Find Activity Sheets
Look and Find Activity Sheets

Subject:
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Science
Environmental Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Bernice Johnson-Laxdal
Family Literacy Day
Miram Korner
Date Added:
09/16/2022
nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning resources
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The University of Regina Press has made a number of excellent resources available online for open access. These resources, developed by Jean Okimâsis include a grammar guide, a workbook, and links to audio resources.
The resource include:
- a grammar guide, available as a PDF for download
- a link to the Language Lab user guide
- a Language Lab Workbook
- a Soundcloud link to Cree Language of the Plains audio sessions
- an Open Access link to a page that has all the above resources available in different formats.

Jean Okimâsis and Arok Wolvengrey also wrote a fantastic resource “How to Spell it in Cree“, which you can download as a PDF. It lays out the rules of a standardized written Cree, but also does important work of addressing the criticisms of standardization. It challenges the notion that we can ever use English to ‘phonetically’ represent the Cree language, champions a specific orthography for Cree, and describes how standardization, rather than destroying or degrading the language, will help ensure Cree continues to survive.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
âpihtawikosisân
Jean Okimâsis
Date Added:
06/22/2022