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Wiih'teh Technology (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Ever since phones were installed in the homes of Eeyou Istchee, Crees have been inventing new words to describe new forms of communication and computing technology. In this episode, Mary and Betsy quiz Pakesso Mukash, gamer and DJ, about what to call the tech tools and toys that are now part of our daily lives.
  • 2020
  • 00:19:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Cory Doctorow on Radicalized

Radicalized by Cory Doctorow collects four science fiction novellas, all of which explore ethical questions surrounding how technology is abused on both personal and corporate levels. Cory Doctorow is a Toronto-born science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger.
  • 2020
  • 00:06:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Samra Habib on We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib's first book spans continents — from Pakistan to Canada — as Habib describes her long journey through religious persecution, racism and embracing her identity as a queer Muslim woman. Samra Habib is a journalist, photographer and activist based in Toronto.
  • 2020
  • 00:04:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Paranormal (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

From strange sightings on remote highways to visitors from another realm, there are lots of creepy stories about paranormal activity in Eeyou Istchee. But what do you call a UFO in Cree? In this episode, Mary and Betsy speak with Ernie Webb, producer of a TV series called Indians and Aliens, about some of the unique Cree terms we use to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:21:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Alphabet (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Betsy and Mary learned the Cree alphabet as children, and still sing the Eh-ee-ou-ah song in the studio from time to time. But some parts of the alphabet are only used by those who speak the Northern dialect. In this episode, Betsy and Mary speak with language teacher Mary Jane Petawabano to break down the different sounds and syllabics that ...
  • 2020
  • 00:22:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Justice (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Court interpreters like Pakesso Mukash have a challenging job. They translate every precise detail of the criminal charges, testimony, legal arguments and sentences from English into Cree and vice versa. In this episode, Betsy and Mary talk to Pakesso about how to express concepts such as probation, acquittal, judgement and guilt.
  • 2020
  • 00:21:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Weather words (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

After years of reading weather forecasts every day, Betsy still isn’t sure how to say “drizzle” in Cree. In this episode, she and Mary talk about all the specific and poetic ways to describe the weather in Cree. Our guest is Freddie Dixon, a radio announcer from Waswanipi.
  • 2020
  • 00:13:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Eden Robinson on Son of a Trickster

In Son of a Trickster, celebrated Haisla and Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson tells the story of a 16-year-old named Jared who is known in his community for making the best weed cookies and for having a scary mom. Jared takes care of his struggling family the best he can and shrugs off the fact that the ravens are talking to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Jesse Thistle on From the Ashes

Métis-Cree writer Jesse Thistle talks about how our own story can emerge from getting the "small fragments of our experience" down on the page. In his memoir, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, Thistle describes how he transformed his life — from being homeless and struggling with addiction to winning awards in academia. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:05:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Megan Gail Coles on Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club

Megan Gail Coles talks about her novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club and explains why she warns the reader, “This might hurt a little. Be brave.” Her novel revolves around a cast of flawed characters connected to a St. John's restaurant called The Hazel. They are implicated in each other's hopes, dreams and pains as they ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/26/2020

Wiih'teh Months and seasons (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Feasting, flowers and birds in flight. These are some of the ways we identify the months of the year in Cree. Betsy and Mary discover many differences between inland and coastal words for these seasonal shifts. Joshua Kawapit of Whapmagoostui joins us to share what he’s learned about how to describe the months.
  • 2020
  • 00:16:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

Wiih'teh Ouwah! (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

What do you say when you’re surprised, shocked or outraged? Cree from different communities have unique expressions and interjections. In this episode, Mary and Betsy speak with translator Brian Webb, who also owns the Ouwah Store in Chisasibi, as well as colleague Marjorie Kitty about these colourful exclamations.
  • 2020
  • 00:19:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

Wiih'teh Traditional names (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Generations of Cree were pressured by the church and government to give their children English or French names. Now, young parents are reclaiming traditional naming practices. In this episode, Mary and Betsy talk about which Cree names are trending right now. Elder Thomas Coon shares the history of the practice, and Whapmagoostui mother Melissa Natachequan explains how she chose her ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

Wiih'teh Shelters (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Elders have much to teach us about how to correctly identify each type of traditional dwelling, not to mention how to build and maintain them. In this episode, Betsy and Mary speak with Anna Bosum from Oujé-Bougoumou about all the different words for “home”.
  • 2020
  • 00:19:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

CBC Books The First Page: Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay reads from the opening of his novel Escape, a sequel to his book Chase. He believes that what makes a good first page is something that grabs you right away: “You’ve got that first page, maybe two, to really grab the reader’s attention.” Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Barclay's novel, key concepts to writing a ...
  • 2019
  • 00:05:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

CBC Books The First Page: Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee reads from the first page of Exo, her young adult sci-fi novel. She remarks that, when she starts a novel – particularly because she writes science fiction and fantasy – she thinks about presenting something familiar and presenting something strange; the idea being to make the reader feel comfortable while also giving them something to be curious about. She ...
  • 2019
  • 00:06:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

French Grammar Cap' ou pas cap': Verbs

Cap' ou pas cap' sees four British students challenging each other with a series of dares as they holiday in Paris, all with the aim of testing their knowledge of French verbs. The students take turns daring each other to do things. They have to identify the verbs in sentences, before having to correctly interpret and act out whatever the dare ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Sac à surprise: Adjectives

Four British students challenge each other on their knowledge of French adjectives in a game called Sac à surprise. In this game, each student takes turns pulling a random object out of a bag. They then have 20 seconds to describe the object using as many French adjectives as possible. One point is awarded for each correct French adjective. The ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar On exagère: Quantifiers and intensifiers

Four British students must use their expertise in French quantifiers and intensifiers in a game of On exagère. Observing a French local, Pierre, the students must correctly describe what he is doing using quantifiers and intensifiers. The first student who is able to correctly explain what Pierre is doing using quantifiers and intensifiers gets a point. Teacher notes: You could ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Vite! Vite! Vite!: Numbers, quantities, dates and times

For this game, all four students have been dropped off in different locations around Paris, with one student focusing on numbers, one on quantities, one on dates and one on times. Each student will have to complete a number of tasks in order to be given directions to an undisclosed location. Teacher notes: You could split your class up into ...
  • 2018
  • 00:05:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Salut toi!: Articles

Taking turns, each student is posed a question by a member of the French public. They then have to state if the article in the sentence is definite, indefinite or partitive. Correct answers result in points, while incorrect answers result in a pie in the face! Teacher notes: You could split your class into teams and get each to come ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Duels de cartons: Adverbs

In a game of Duels de cartons, four British students are tested on their knowledge of French adverbs. Taking turns, each student is presented with three boxes, each one with an adverb on it. They are then presented with a series of sentences on cue cards, all with their adverbs missing. The students then have to select the box with ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Finissez de boire: Conjunctions

Nestled in a cosy Parisian café, four British students take part in a game of Finissez de boire, all with the aim of improving their knowledge of French conjunctions. For this grammatical challenge, each student is presented with three cups, each one with a conjunction on it. They will then be posed a sentence with the conjunction missing. To complete ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Fais ceci, fais cela: Prepositions

In a game called Fais ceci, fais cela the students pair up into two teams, with one team member giving the other instructions using sentences that contain prepositions which they must interpret correctly to find a destination. The team that gets the most points wins the tickets. Teacher notes: You could split your class up into pairs and set up ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Bon appétit: Nouns

Bon Appétit sees four British students go trolley-to-trolley in a Parisian supermarket, all with the aim of improving their knowledge of French nouns. Split into two teams, this film sees the students racing against the clock, with each team having only a few minutes to buy as much food as possible. Simple enough, but with one small challenge. One team may ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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