Learn about the Cree Calendar and what the different months of the year mean.
Cree Language Learning & Resources
This collection features resources for learning the language of Cree and other Cree-related resources.
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.
The Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms with Visual Examples provides Cree equivalents of 176 mathematics terms and their definitions in English. The visual examples mainly contain Indigenous elements. The Dictionary was reviewed by Elders, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Cree-speaking educators.
Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Canadian Cree code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles’ involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.
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.
This YouTube channel is full of many supports for teaching Cree. It allows the learner to hear the language in context. The channel provides pronunciations and structures to help you move forward and learn on your own!
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.
HONOURING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES Toolkit.
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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.
Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention for all Indigenous peoples across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages). Toll-free: 1-855-242-3310.
Phone and chat counselling is available in English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in:
Cree and English version of the famous poem by John McCrae.
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!
This lesson teaches Cree words through songs. These songs often serve a specific purpose and have great meaning. With the guidance of an Elder, Knowledge Keeper, or singer/songwriter, students will listen to songs and understand the meaning behind the lyrics. Students will consider how cultural identity is reflected in the work.
The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan reads "When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline—ācimowin ohci wanihikīskanāhk" by co-authors Ida Tremblay and...
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)
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.