Deepening knowledge: Resources For And About Aboriginal Education

University of Toronto/ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Deepening knowledge: Resources For And About Aboriginal Education

This site allows educators to find resources to infuse Aboriginal content and perspectives into teaching. It has a list of all of the Indigenous languages that are present in Canada, which will allow teachers to find resources for that particular language.

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/deepeningknowledge/Teacher_Resources/Curriculum_Resources_%28by_subjects%29/Indigenous_Native_Languages.html

Cree language lessons – Nisto

Cree language lessons – Nisto

http://nisto.com/cree/lesson/

This site is a Cree language phrase book that is a compilation of material from the course “Introduction to the Cree language” which was developed in the IMPACTE programme at Brandon University and first taught in the winter of 1972. This book is based on the dialects of Manitoba.

This site consists of 48 lessons, from greetings and polite formulas to body parts. It also gives an introduction that tells us:

  • How to use the lessons
  • About the Cree language
  • Cree pronunciation
  • Sounds dropped in rapid speech

This site will work perfectly for language instructors in the classroom.

Tansi! Nehiyawetan

Tansi! Nehiyawetan

http://tansi.tv/

This site invites children to learn Cree with Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine through kinetic games, absorbing stories, compelling songs and dynamic adventures. Join Kai and Kayla as they find out about Cree culture and language while they go on learning adventures in the city of Vancouver. Nehiyawetan incorporates words that reflect what kids are interested in like space, art, sports, powwows, music, animals, Christmas and scary stuff. On their adventure, they meet accomplished Aboriginal people like John Herrington, who is the first Aboriginal astronaut to walk in space, actress Tantoo Cardinal, Olympic design artist and Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow. Using music to help teach Cree, Tansi! Nehiyawetan showcases award winning Aboriginal music guests including Art Napolean, Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Jason Burnstick, who share sing along Cree songs.

Cree literacy network

Cree literacy network

http://creeliteracy.org/

The Cree Literacy Network site promotes literacy in the Cree language and culture. The site contains concepts about reading and writing in the Cree language, and also learning orally through videos and audio.

A selection of resources:

  • Reading Plains Cree in SRO
  • Listen to Cree, with a Cree live radio
  • Audio files for Cree language beginners
  • Books in Cree
  • Read along with audio files from Solomon Ratt
  • Cree place name project
  • For scholars: Cree electronic of classical Cree tiles
  • Cree texts from Neal McLeod
  • Seasonal, calendars and holidays
  • Delores Sand: Classics in Cree, children’s songs
  • Nicāpān owāskahikan/ cāpāns house audio lessons in Cree
  • CreeSimonSays: Cree texts

This is an excellent site for Cree language learners.